Opera

Blank canvas

9 February 2013 9:00 am

I approach any production of Mozart’s last opera, La clemenza di Tito, in a state of acute trepidation: it’s not…

Addicted to myth

2 February 2013 9:00 am

The revival of Harrison Birtwistle’s opera The Minotaur is the most significant artistic event at the Royal Opera since its…

Orchestral tour de force

26 January 2013 9:00 am

There is only one test that a performance of Verdi’s Otello has to pass: do you come out of the…

Acting up

19 January 2013 9:00 am

There was a time when the major objection to operatic performances, by those who were wondering whether or not to…

Trojan triumph

12 January 2013 9:00 am

Opera has naturally made no start at all in 2013 in the UK, the month surrounding Christmas being a culture-free…

Dutch treat

5 January 2013 9:00 am

The Flying Dutchman, Wagner’s first masterpiece, has had a rough passage in the UK over the past few decades. I…

Talk of the devil

29 December 2012 9:00 am

In one of his finest essays, Gore Vidal recalls that when he worked as a scriptwriter for MGM the Wise…

Jumping the gun

15 December 2012 9:00 am

2012 has been an undistinguished year in opera, at any rate in the UK. A combination of cutbacks and the…

Scandal at court

8 December 2012 9:00 am

The way the director James Conway sees it, Monteverdi’s last opera L’incoronazione di Poppea is about that most delicate of…

Decline and fall

1 December 2012 9:00 am

Some operas become, thanks partly to the frequency with which they are produced, victims of their own popularity. The most…

Change of heart

24 November 2012 9:00 am

I think I have developed a crush on Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, which is strange, considering that it is so evidently…

ENO The Pilgrim's Progress

Slow progress

17 November 2012 9:00 am

As usual on the rare occasions when Vaughan Williams’s last and largest opera, The Pilgrim’s Progress, is performed, the new…

Triple time

10 November 2012 9:00 am

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is outdoing itself in putting on a triple bill of little-known operas, two…

Creeping confusion

3 November 2012 9:00 am

The legend of Faust is perhaps the dominant one in post-Renaissance Europe, yet it resists satisfactory artistic realisation. The most…

Sideshow winner

3 November 2012 9:00 am

I thought my 27th Wexford Opera Festival since 1972 was going to be one of the best. I had seen…

No laughing matter

27 October 2012 9:00 am

About two of the operas I saw in Leeds this week there is a serious question as to whether or…

Dazzling Donizetti

20 October 2012 9:00 am

The Met Live in HD series for 2012–13 got off to a brilliant start with a new production of Donizetti’s…

Accentuate the positive

13 October 2012 9:00 am

How should you feel at the end of a Ring cycle, before — at any rate if you’re a reviewer…

Meltdown in Valhalla

13 October 2012 9:00 am

Steffen Huck draws parallels between Wagner’s Ring cycle and today’s economic crisis

Realising Wagner’s power

6 October 2012 9:00 am

There is no experience faintly comparable to sitting in an opera house at the opening of Wagner’s Ring cycle, knowing…

A huge accordion set the right zany tone: Peter Hoare (Michel) in Julietta

Dream on

29 September 2012 9:00 am

‘Tell a dream and lose a reader’ was one of Henry James’s most immediately practical if obvious pieces of advice…

A time for reflection

22 September 2012 9:00 am

As any regular opera-goer knows, next year is uniquely one for three major operatic centenaries, two of them, Verdi’s and…

Six hours with Stockhausen

1 September 2012 8:00 am

Arriving for the world première of Stockhausen’s opera Mittwoch aus Licht (Wednesday from Light), we were greeted by the sight…

Four play

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Going to the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith for the annual season of Tête à Tête is a chancy affair, though…

Brief encounter

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Glyndebourne’s last offering this season is one of the most stylish things it has done for a very long time,…