verismo

A triumphant Medea, puppyish bel canto and crowd-pleasing gulags: Wexford Festival Opera reviewed

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Luigi Cherubini is the pantomime villain of French romantic music. As head of the Paris Conservatoire in the 1820s he…

All the world’s a stage in OHP’s Zaza

A fascinating rediscovery: Opera Holland Park’s Zaza reviewed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The strings sweep upwards, the horns surge, and Leoncavallo’s Zaza throws itself into your arms. We don’t know it yet,…

Doing a disservice to a lovely opera: Angela Gheorghiu as Adriana Lecouvreur

The opera conductor who’s marginally less popular than Donald Trump

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The story so far: in 1986 English National Opera hired Jonathan Miller to direct Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. The…

Opera North's Gianni Schicchi and La vida breve reviewed: a flawless double helping of verismo

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Is there a more beautiful aria than ‘O mio babbino caro’ from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi? There are more overwhelming moments…