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The orchestral playing under Antonio Pappano faithfully reflects the brilliant colouring of these verismo classics
Georg Friedrich Haas¹s new opera is a meditation on life as seen from beyond the grave
700-seat venue, which will be home to Grange Park Opera, will be situated on the 400-acre estate at West Horseley Place
Some observers say changing tastes and diminishing attention spans have been bad for the elaborate art form
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Britain’s first Academy of Ancient Music was founded in 1726 as a private club of singers meeting in a London tavern to entertain each other: ‘ancient’ meant anything not in the contemporary repertory. Britain’s second AAM was founded in 1973 by harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood, to perform what was now called ‘early music’ on original instruments. Over the past four decades they have helped revolutionise early-music performance, blazing a trail followed by Baroque ensembles everywhere.
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The bass-baritone, recently in Salt Lake City to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was visited at home in Wales by missionaries who tried to convert him
Nessun Dorma's appeal extends far beyond opera, says Jessica Duchen
Atonal opera is never the easiest performance to love. An atonal opera reconceived in the jazz style, about a charmless woman devoid of redeeming features, shoehorned into a clunky political setting, performed for almost two hours without an interval, has everything to do.
OperaUpClose specialises in bold transpositions, best exemplified by its witty setting of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera in an IKEA store. For Tosca their writer-director Adam Spreadbury-Maher has effected a different kind of transposition, but one which is entirely logical.