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Thursday 03 February 2011
After the epic inanities of Mike Figgis’s cinematic take on ‘Lucrezia Borgia’ at the Coliseum - whose only saving grace was a trio of superb voices - it was sweet relief to encounter David McVicar’s ‘Magic Flute’ at Covent Garden. McVicar may have his own way of going over the top, but in this classic production, now in its third revival, he doesn’t put a foot wrong.
Thursday 27 January 2011
Wednesday 19 January 2011
Those umbilically-joined directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier don’t always hit the spot – their ‘Hansel und Gretel’ is a queasy concoction – but when they do, the results are glorious, and never more so than with their take on Rossini’s ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’, now back for its second revival.
Sunday 16 January 2011
Sunday 02 January 2011
Thursday 30 December 2010
Snow is falling, this time on stage. Frederick Ashton's ballet Les Patineurs shows skaters at play, showing off or slipping on the ice. When the snow starts to fall, they react as people do react: they look up, reach out to touch it, rush into a new round of activity, a whirl of movement.
Sunday 19 December 2010
Wednesday 15 December 2010
In Will Tuckett's family show, the faeries are the puppets of Blind Summit Theatre, with delicate wild faces and slender or cuddly limbs. When they were carried through the foyer afterwards, children came crowding up to watch.
Sunday 12 December 2010
To ravish the senses or feed the soul? That is the question. And although Wagner posed it knowing full well that its significance would resonate through the ages – and no more so than now – he also knew, as a man of the theatre, that in the right hands we his audiences might have it both ways.
Tuesday 23 November 2010
Rufus Wainwright is to become the first pop artist to take upresidency at the Royal Opera House in London.
Sunday 21 November 2010
Friday 19 November 2010
It’s more than a century since Covent Garden last staged Francesco Cilea’s ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’, and the reason they’re doing it now – for astronomical seat prices – is glaringly obvious.
Friday 19 November 2010
Monday 08 November 2010
Frederick Ashton's Sylvia is a frilly mythological ballet with a delightful Delibes score and a cast including everything from gods to ceremonial goats. The Royal Ballet's production is a sumptuous recreation of the 1952 original, but needs more authority behind the trimmings.
Thursday 28 October 2010
So the arts cuts have claimed their first victim. The Royal Opera House's grandiose plan to open a northern outpost in Manchester bites the dust. It goes to show that the cuts, worrying as they are, can also be an opportunity for sound common sense.
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