Impressed by his Flying Dutchman in Bayreuth, Kasper Holten invited the young German director Jan Philipp Gloger to Covent Garden and was surprised he chose Così fan tutte, the last of Mozart’s great collaborations with Da Ponte, his problematic tale of fiancé swapping in disguise. Is it worldly-wise social comedy or an altogether crueller assessment of human relations?
ROH follow their new production of Bellini’s Norma with a revival of the Leiser-Caurier Barbiere di Siviglia
In a four-night residency at the Royal Opera House, Pet Shop Boys unveiled their brand new stage show ‘Inner Sanctum’
What struck contemporary audiences as powerful and new – a supposed witch burnt at the stake, an abducted baby, a mother burning the wrong baby, an amorous rival killing his brother without realising his identity against the backdrop of civil war – is to us all but risible, were it not for Verdi’s melodic genius.
The end of blackface make-up promised a new dawn for singers of colour, writes Alison Kinney
'Ordinary sounds like banging cups and glasses together is a very painful noise'
When it comes to presenter duos, you’ll always find a man – usually older – sitting to the left of a woman
Elements of theatre can be hugely troubling or upsetting. Yes, there is a kind of sweet stupidity in attending an opera or a revenge tragedy if you are repulsed by death or sexual violence. That isn’t reason enough, however, to refuse to adapt
This preposterous opera bouffe should have been ideal fare for a bleak January night
Despite good moments, the stop-start format takes the story away from the dancers
Comedian hopes fans of his TV work will see him in 'L'Etoile' and discover opera is not 'exclusive and super posh'
The Royal Opera's production of 'Cav and Pag' could take audience involvement to a new level
Since when do drama and comedy have to be unbiased about the Europe referendum?
It was only after trying to sing like the 'three Tenors' that I found my operatic voice
Have you been paying attention this year? Can you name 2013’s winners and losers, its sports heroes and political zeroes? Twelve months is a long time in news, but if you think you know who’s who, and what’s what, pit your wits against Whitaker’s Almanack quiz
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