Take the magnificent Peter Grimes, starring Robert Brubaker (above), at English National Opera. Tim Albery's production premiered in 1991 and it's back again, looking as good as ever. And "looking" is the correct expression. Bechtler realises Britten's gripping vision of a man at war with the people around him with a rare visual intensity, aided by Jean Kalman's scorching white light which sculpts and intensifies the dense, deep colours and stark textures of her design. This is opera as unmissable theatre.
London Coliseum, London WC2 (0171-632 8300) 25, 27, 30 Nov, 2 & 7 Dec
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