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    1. July 18, 2016

      Top post at Bolshoi for former ENO head John Berry

      John Berry, the former artistic director of English National Opera who stepped down after a leaked letter revealed a...

    2. June 24, 2016

      Jenůfa, Coliseum, London — ‘Powerful’

      Look around the world and Janáček’s operas are to be found everywhere this season. It has been a long haul: in the...

    1. June 10, 2016

      Tristan and Isolde, Coliseum, London — ‘Grand and enveloping’

      Who said opera was dead? In Trafalgar Square thousands were gathered to watch a live relay on the big screen of Nabucco...

    2. May 5, 2016

      ENO unveils crowd-pleasing programme after year of strife

      English National Opera has unveiled a crowd-pleasing programme of new commissions, popular revivals and celebrity...

    3. April 8, 2016

      ‘Sunset Boulevard’ producer set up North Korean bank

      The man underwriting a £3m revival of Sunset Boulevard in London’s West End once ran a bank in North Korea and was...

    4. March 24, 2016

      Musicals at the opera house?

      The cameras are gathered at the bottom of a grand staircase. “Everything set up, gentlemen?” asks the director. To a...

    5. March 7, 2016

      Akhnaten, Coliseum, London — ‘Juggling and nudity’

      Was it the naked countertenor? Certainly something about this new production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten chimed with the...

    6. February 26, 2016

      Trouble at the Coliseum as ENO faces strike over pay and job cuts

      Chorus members at English National Opera are to go on strike during a performance of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten next month...

    7. February 19, 2016

      Norma, Coliseum, London — ‘The top notes just keep coming’

      In its 85-year history English National Opera has never before staged Norma or (remarkably) any other of Bellini’s...

    8. February 2, 2016

      Green Mass, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘From haunting to hideous’

      Alexander Raskatov’s music is hard to forget. His satirical score to A Dog’s Heart was met with both veneration and...

    9. January 4, 2016

      Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers), Metropolitan Opera, New York

      Contrary to what one may read, New York has not been blind and deaf when it comes to Bizet’s Pearl Fishers. True, the...

    10. December 3, 2015

      City insider: Darwinian reminder for Mike Platt

      Mike Platt: crest fallen How the mighty have fallen. Mike Platt, the flamboyant founder of BlueCrest Capital...

    11. November 10, 2015

      The Force of Destiny, Coliseum, London — ‘A muddled evening’

      Verdi’s The Force of Destiny is a problem opera. As the result of a shock turn of events in the opening scene its...

    12. October 19, 2015

      La bohème, Coliseum, London, review: ‘Edgy and heroin-fuelled’

      In the 1990s the musical Rent scored a big hit on Broadway. Based on Puccini’s La bohème, but updated and with new...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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,...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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....

    38. 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...

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