Opera

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Carmen review – Chaieb beguiles as the tragic heroine in uneven production
Opening the 2024 festival, Diane Paulus’s staging relocates Bizet’s tragedy to a grim present day. Rihab Chaieb is a strong Carmen, Dmitry Cheblykov’s Escamillo shines but Dmytro Popov’s José doesn’t convince

Tim Ashley

17, May, 2024 @12:35 PM

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Antonio Pappano Gala review – farewell concert celebrates the best thing that has happened to the Royal Opera
Singers including Jonas Kaufmann joined newer vocal stars such as Aigul Akhmetshina to honour the much loved music director on an evening that ended with the royal seal of approval

Martin Kettle

17, May, 2024 @12:10 PM

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Death metal, Schubert, nudity: opera about Ukraine dam destruction premieres in Kyiv
Gaia-24 explores human and environmental disaster caused by Russian attack on Kakhovka dam

Charlotte Higgins in Kyiv. Photos by Julia Kochetova

15, May, 2024 @8:17 AM

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L’Olimpiade review – clever and effective Vivaldi staging with music of heartstopping beauty
Daisy Evans’s production of Vivaldi’s 1734 tragicomedy for Irish National Opera is slow to reveal its secrets but it’s well worth your patience, and the music is glorious and beautifully sung

Tim Ashley

14, May, 2024 @12:06 PM

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The week in classical: Le nozze di Figaro; Larmes de couteau/ Full Moon in March review – all shook up
Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov plays fast and loose with Mozart in his striking new horror-thriller take on Figaro, coming to Edinburgh this summer. Elsewhere, elegant anarchy in a surreal Royal Opera double bill

Fiona Maddocks

04, May, 2024 @12:00 PM

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Brian: The Cenci album review – composer’s lack of flair for music drama all too evident
Havergal Brian’s third opera, a reworking of Shelley’s play of renaissance corruption and incest, sparks only intermittently into dramatic life

Andrew Clements

03, May, 2024 @10:01 AM

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Margaret Curphey obituary
Soprano at the heart of productions of the Ring cycle and other Wagner operas conducted by Reginald Goodall

Barry Millington

02, May, 2024 @1:42 PM

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Royal Ballet and Opera announces ambitious 2024-25 season – and name change
2024-25 programme includes premieres of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera Festen and Wayne McGregor’s Margaret Atwood ballet MaddAddam

Imogen Tilden

30, Apr, 2024 @5:15 AM

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Larmes de Couteau/Full Moon in March review – two supremely weird operas
Bohuslav Martinů’s 1928 work is a strip-lighted nightmare whirlwind, while Harbison’s is highly stylised post-tonal sitcom unfolding around a four-poster bed

Flora Willson

28, Apr, 2024 @3:00 PM

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Götterdämmerung review – Jurowski’s six-year completion of Wagner’s Ring cycle was well worth the wait
Jurowski’s attention to detail across four-and-a-half hours brought the darkness of Wagner’s score thrillingly to life

Martin Kettle

28, Apr, 2024 @10:24 AM

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The week in classical: Lucia di Lammermoor; Nash Ensemble; Anthony McGill and Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective – review
A fearless central performance anchors Katie Mitchell’s busy yet insightful Donizetti revival. And two chamber concerts serve as a vibrant prelude to this year’s BBC Proms…

Fiona Maddocks

27, Apr, 2024 @12:00 PM

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Adams: Girls of the Golden West album review – Los Angeles Master Chorale
The opera met with a mixed response on its 2017 premiere. After two reworkings, and with many of its original cast reprising their roles, this premiere recording is a rich and energetic mix

Andrew Clements

25, Apr, 2024 @4:30 PM

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