Fidelio

That this Fidelio is merely frustrating counts as something of a success

1 July 2017 9:00 am

If you want to see an opera director kicking a genius when they’re down — and I mean really sticking…

Simon Callow tries (again) to get inside Wagner’s head

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The dust cover features one of the best-known caricatures of Richard Wagner, his enormous head in this version opened like…

In defence of Puccini

23 August 2014 9:00 am

During my opera-going lifetime the most sensational change in the repertoire has, of course, been the immense expansion of the…

Freedom for my chickens! All it took was a man with a gun

26 July 2014 9:00 am

If I haven’t mentioned my poultry for a while, it’s because the subject has been too depressing. I had been…

The state of opera today (it's not good)

4 January 2014 9:00 am

I’ve been hoping that in this, the last of my weekly columns on opera, I would be able to strike…

A sensational week for opera: sensationally good and sensationally bad

5 October 2013 9:00 am

It’s been a sensational week for opera in London, with a sensationally good performance of Strauss’s Elektra at the Royal…