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  1. September 15, 2014

    Otello/Anna Nicole/Rigoletto, London – review

    As the 2014/15 season opens, the wheel of fortune has dealt very different hands to London’s two opera companies. While the...

  2. July 11, 2014

    Interview: director Benedict Andrews

    Open a copy of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and you will find the playwright’s lyrical description of the...

  1. July 1, 2014

    Dozens of UK arts groups face loss of government funding

    Dozens of arts organisations across the country are facing the loss of their government funding after Arts Council England...

  2. June 6, 2014

    Benvenuto Cellini, Coliseum, London – review

    Benvenuto Cellini, Hector Berlioz, Terry Gilliam – soulmates in chaos, confusion and crazed inspiration. Or so it seems in...

  3. June 4, 2014

    La fanciulla del West, Holland Park, London – review

    There was a time when you were lucky to catch Puccini’s La fanciulla del West once in a generation. Now everybody wants to...

  4. May 5, 2014

    Thebans, Coliseum, London – review

    Two decades at the top of his game and Julian Anderson had not composed an opera. When the invitation from English National...

  5. May 4, 2014

    Oleg Caetani interview

    In the mid-1950s Igor Markevitch came to London to conduct at Covent Garden. The distinguished Ukrainian-born composer,...

  6. May 2, 2014

    English opera needs artful ideas to stay in business

    As English National Opera opens its newest production, Thebans, tonight, much will be riding on the reaction of critics and...

  7. May 1, 2014

    London Sinfonietta, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – review

    On the international contemporary music scene, Michel van der Aa has established a distinctive profile. His works often...

  8. April 29, 2014

    English National Opera aims to lure masses with musicals and meals

    Facing calls to bolster its finances and cut its reliance on subsidies, English National Opera hopes to generate fresh funds...

  9. April 15, 2014

    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, London – review

    Musical partnerships between New York and London have become ever closer over the past decade. Alongside shared productions...

  10. April 4, 2014

    Julian Anderson’s ‘Thebans’ at the English National Opera

    The sound of “Summertime”, one of Gershwin’s most famous tunes, wafts through the air from a piano in the hotel lounge. It’s...

  11. March 9, 2014

    Arts and culture spending crunch prompts new ways of working

    It came as a serious blow to the Nottingham Playhouse last month when its entire funding from Nottinghamshire county council...

  12. March 3, 2014

    Rodelinda, Coliseum, London – review

    Was there ever a composer who encapsulated the depths of human emotion as intensely – and concisely – as Handel? Listening...

  13. February 16, 2014

    Rigoletto, Coliseum, London – review

    When Rigoletto arrived in London in 1853, Queen Victoria advised that the Court should not attend. The opera was...

  14. December 23, 2013

    BBCSO/Edward Gardner, Barbican, London – review

    Forget Christmas. For its last concert of the year, the BBC Symphony Orchestra stuck religiously to artistic principles by...

  15. November 21, 2013

    Satyagraha, Coliseum, London – review

    It is not often that a contemporary opera comes round for a third run of performances. With its mesmerising imagery this...

  16. November 8, 2013

    The Magic Flute, Coliseum, London – review

    When English National Opera decided to say goodbye to its longstanding production of The Magic Flute, it was clear the...

  17. November 4, 2013

    Julian Anderson, Wigmore Hall, London – review

    If there were such a position as “London’s composer-in-residence”, it would surely belong to Julian Anderson – London-born...

  18. October 22, 2013

    Two Boys, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

    Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, which had its US premiere on Monday, is morbid, sordid and foolish. It probably was all this when...

  19. October 1, 2013

    Die Fledermaus, Coliseum, London – review

    There comes a point in Johann Strauss’s operetta when Eisenstein utters the line “Please explain, someone, what the hell is...

  20. September 26, 2013

    Fidelio, Coliseum, London – review

    Until the last 20 minutes, this Fidelio is wearingly uneventful. Then Calixto Bieito, enfant terrible of Spanish opera...

  21. September 24, 2013

    Eugene Onegin, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

    When the Met opened its 129th season on Monday with a quasi-new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, there was plenty...

  22. September 13, 2013

    Operetta: let’s hear it for the waltz king

    Operetta: for some serious music-lovers it’s long been a term of dismissal – if not actual abuse – and today it finds little...

  23. June 17, 2013

    Death in Venice, Coliseum, London – review

    Although Benjamin Britten’s centenary does not fall until November, June has clearly been designated Britten month. While...

  24. June 4, 2013

    The Perfect American, Coliseum, London – review

    Part of the problem is that English National Opera has spoiled us for Philip Glass operas. The company’s production of...

  25. May 13, 2013

    Wozzeck, Coliseum, London – review

    The deeper Berg’s opera lodges itself in the repertoire, the more intriguing and astonishing it becomes. Its music follows a...

  26. May 3, 2013

    A change of direction

    Carrie Cracknell is the latest in a line of directors moving into opera from other genres. She has the kind of CV worth...

  27. April 26, 2013

    Oke stands tall for the best of Britten

    Whatever else we may hear during this year’s Benjamin Britten centenary, the work that remains most closely associated with...

  28. April 15, 2013

    Sunken Garden, Barbican, London – review

    As a PR vehicle, Michel van der Aa’s new creation ranks as a triumph. The hype surrounding its incorporation of 3D film into...

  29. April 14, 2013

    Rite/Petrushka, Sadler’s Wells, London – review

    Michael Keegan Dolan created a tremendous version of The Rite of Spring for his Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in the English...

  30. March 15, 2013

    Gang of one: Penny Woolcock’s new documentary

    Over a cup of tea in a cosy, cluttered flat in north London, a 63-year-old middle-class grandmother is telling me about her...

  31. February 24, 2013

    From reality TV to reality of arts funding

    The Arts Council will be forced to pull its funding for threatened arts bodies if local authorities press ahead with planned...

  32. February 18, 2013

    Medea, Coliseum, London

    French baroque opera is finally, belatedly, establishing a foothold on English soil, and a good thing it is. First came...

  33. February 4, 2013

    La traviata, Coliseum, London

    Time is precious for Verdi’s doomed courtesan, particularly in Peter Konwitschny’s abridged La traviata. First seen in Graz...

  34. January 29, 2013

    Rigoletto, Metropolitan Opera, New York

    What is it with Rigoletto? Verdi’s hum-along opera used to take place in the ducal court of 16th-century Mantua. In 1982 at...

  35. January 14, 2013

    Cuts cast ENO into £2.2m loss

    London’s powerhouse of contemporary opera has slumped to a loss of £2.2m, newly released accounts show, underlining the...

  36. December 27, 2012

    Die Bajadere, Komische Oper Berlin

    Christmas is a time of limited expectations in Europe’s concert halls and opera houses. Exit rare works and bold...

  37. December 21, 2012

    Why it’s curtains for Gilbert and Sullivan

    I could have spent Saturday at the football with the boy, eating bad food, freezing on the terraces and discovering new and...

  38. November 6, 2012

    The Pilgrim’s Progress, Coliseum, London

    In the final scene of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “morality”, premiered during the 1951 Festival of Britain, John Bunyan...

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