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    1. July 10, 2015

      ENO artistic director bows out amid hair-raising funding cuts

      With all the melodrama associated with a Puccini finale, the bloodletting at English National Opera has claimed another...

    2. June 21, 2015

      Arts organisations in six-week funding race

      Some of England’s best-known arts organisations are in a six-week race to raise funds that will allow them collectively...

    1. June 12, 2015

      Interview: Angel Blue

      Angel Blue might appear to be a character from fictive Americana. There’s the name for a start — too showbiz to be...

    2. June 8, 2015

      The Queen of Spades, Coliseum, London — review

      To many people the 1980s were a golden era for English National Opera. In the so-called “Powerhouse” era the company’s...

    3. May 11, 2015

      When opera takes on the big issues

      Big-busted celebrities. The Twin Towers. Nuclear physics. Opera in recent decades hasn’t been afraid to grapple with...

    4. April 13, 2015

      Between Worlds, Barbican, London — review

      Tansy Davies’s Between Worlds is that rare thing, an opera that makes the stomach churn before you’ve even seen it. The...

    5. April 2, 2015

      Sweeney Todd, Coliseum, London — review

      Under pressure to boost its finances, English National Opera has set itself two goals — a joint venture into musicals...

    6. March 9, 2015

      Opera directors voice support for ENO

      Directors of 33 of the world’s leading opera houses and festivals have united to sign an unprecedented public letter of...

    7. February 10, 2015

      La Traviata, Coliseum, London — review

      What drives La Traviata’s ill-fated heroine: desperation for Alfredo or for her own life? The latter, according to the...

    8. February 9, 2015

      The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Coliseum, London — review

      In the early years after English National Opera moved to the Coliseum, it was Wagner’s operas that sealed the company’s...

    9. December 14, 2014

      The Way Back Home, Young Vic, London — review

      Some children’s shows patronise their audiences. Others overestimate their ability to comprehend and endure. English...

    10. November 7, 2014

      Peter Sellars talks about his spiritual side

      Peter Sellars doesn’t do handshakes; they’re not his style. Instead, when we meet during rehearsals for The Gospel...

    11. October 21, 2014

      The Death of Klinghoffer, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

      Much ado – too much – about rather little. On Monday, the mighty Met finally discovered The Death of Klinghoffer,...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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....

    24. 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...

    25. 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?...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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 –...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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....

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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