Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Theatre

Tell Me the Truth About Love Review – Streetwise Opera’s Wedding Party Packs a...

The room is covered in confetti. There’s a huge wedding cake. Royal Northern Sinfonia make a superior wedding band. Guests are milling around in their finery – and suddenly start to sing the cabaret song by...

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Review – Searing and Unsparing Shostakovich

It’s one of the great if-onlys of opera: if Stalin hadn’t found Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk so objectionable when he saw it in 1936, we might now have a trilogy of Shostakovich operas about...

Maid in Heaven: Odyssey Opera’s Giovanna d’Arco

Odyssey Opera comes full circle closing its season “Trial By Fire“ with another opera rooted in Schiller’s Die Jungfrau von Orléans, Giovanna d’Arco. Verdi’s seventh opera is an uneven, retrograde effort which fails to...

Time-travelling Back to 1900: an eye-popping Tosca in Rome

For decades, “historically-informed performance practice” has given audiences the chance to hear music as the composer may have heard it. But in terms of opera, why not what the composer saw? Alessandro Talevi's 2015 production of Tosca for...

Guanqun Yu’s Liù the shining star of Turandot at The Met

Puccini’s final masterpiece, left unfinished at his death but completed by Franco Alfano, is a grand affair, calling for a large and diverse orchestra and a number of elaborate scenes in royal Chinese palaces....

Coraline Review – Creepy Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Tale Will Turn Kids on to...

Given its world premiere by the Royal Opera at the Barbican, Coraline is Mark-Anthony Turnage’s fourth opera, though it also marks something of a new departure for its composer. It’s his first stage work specifically...

Macbeth Review – Musically Formidable Revival of Verdi’s Opera

Macbeth, in one form or another, seems almost ubiquitous at present, and the Covent Garden revival of Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production of Verdi’s opera comes hard on the heels of new stagings of Shakespeare’s play by the...

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining – Review

Catch it if you can: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is a live performance of Max Richter’s 2012 arrangement of Vivaldi – punchy and poetic, especially if you feel weary of...

Eugene Onegin Review – Mid Wales Opera Bring Clarity and Sass

The ill-fated love of Tatyana Larina and Eugene Onegin, hers for him and finally his for her, makes this one of the most involving of operas and a natural choice for Mid Wales Opera’s new...

La Traviata Review – Decadence and Camp Debauchery in a Verdi Partyland

There was a noise in the auditorium when the curtain went up on English National Opera’s new La Traviata: the sound of 4,000 eyebrows being raised simultaneously. Daniel Kramer’s production is his first here since...

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