Opera

Dorset cream

11 August 2012 6:00 am

My first visit to Dorset Opera, last year, left me very impressed. If anything this year was even better, though…

Striking gold

4 August 2012 6:00 am

If I said what I really thought about Götterdämmerung at the Longborough Festival, of which I saw the last of…

Talent show

28 July 2012 6:00 am

The Royal Opera season concluded, as is now customary, with an evening in which the participants in what used to…

Exploiting agony

21 July 2012 6:00 am

Verdi’s art reaches its summit in Otello, and in doing so reveals both his greatness and a paradox that seems…

Marriage minefield

14 July 2012 6:00 am

There are two places in Le Nozze di Figaro where the music undergoes a brief but potent change, which indicates…

Troy story

7 July 2012 6:00 am

In the late 1970s the Royal Opera announced that it would be performing Berlioz’s Les Troyens and Wagner’s Ring in…

Best of Britten

30 June 2012 6:00 am

This week’s opera-going afforded one example of truly great art, and one of its plausible counterfeit. To deal with the…

Royal treatment

23 June 2012 6:00 am

Welsh National Opera’s new production of La Bohème, which I saw last week in Birmingham, is striking in a variety…

Disturbing relationships

16 June 2012 6:00 am

It struck me for the first time at the latest revival of David McVicar’s production of Richard Strauss’s Salome that…

Star quality

2 June 2012 11:00 am

English Touring Opera ended its spring tour in Cambridge this year with three performances of The Barber of Seville and…

Learning to love Falstaff

26 May 2012 11:00 am

It’s taken me a shockingly long time to realise how great Verdi’s Falstaff is, and I still wouldn’t agree that…

All at sea

12 May 2012 12:00 pm

Pharmaceutical considerations were uppermost in my mind as I made my way to the Barbican Hall for Philip Glass’s Einstein…

Elemental force

4 May 2012 11:00 pm

The new production of Wagner’s first indisputable masterpiece The Flying Dutchman by English National Opera is a decided success, the…

Return to mystery

28 April 2012 11:00 am

Weber’s Der Freischütz is the finest neglected opera in or hovering on the edge of the canon. It’s not entirely…

Role reversal

21 April 2012 1:00 pm

Considering how close, if mysterious, the links are between being gay and loving opera, it could seem surprising that there…

Thrills and chills

14 April 2012 12:00 pm

Lightning struck, after what must surely be one of the most dreary seasons at the Royal Opera, with a revival…

Standing room only

7 April 2012 12:00 pm

Of all the operatic ventures that have sprung up in England in the past 20 years, Birmingham Opera Company may…

Straying from the brief

31 March 2012 12:00 pm

‘Praising! That’s it!’ Rilke exclaims in one of his ecstatic Sonnets to Orpheus. It seems to be an unconditional injunction,…

Fatal flaw

24 March 2012 1:00 pm

Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune, whose UK première was at the Royal Opera last week, has received the severest critical panning…

The unkindest cut

17 March 2012 12:00 pm

Tristan und Isolde is a perfect opera, but where are the perfect performers and, just as important, the perfect listeners…

Sturdy specimen

25 February 2012 11:00 am

A few weeks ago I was speculating anxiously on the possibility that even the greatest masterpieces, in opera or other…

Offenbach hotchpotch

18 February 2012 12:00 pm

Is any opera more frustrating than Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann? It persistently arouses hopes which it almost as persistently…

Great expectations

11 February 2012 11:00 am

Bellini’s Norma is an opera that I not only adore: it obsesses me, too. Whenever I listen to it, I…

Man about the House

11 February 2012 11:00 am

Michael Henderson talks to Sir Thomas Allen, who is celebrating 40 years at Covent Garden

Devoid of ideas

4 February 2012 12:00 pm

When you see two of the undisputed masterpieces of the repertoire in one week in one of the world’s leading…