Opera

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Singer Jamie Barton: ‘I’m not interested in roles created by the patriarchy any more’
She waved the Pride flag at the Last Night of the Proms and sang in a gender-fluid Carmen. Now the mezzo-soprano is on a mission to take toxic masculinity out of opera

Erica Jeal

02, Dec, 2021 @2:16 PM

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The Valkyrie review – a striking, uneven start to ENO’s Ring cycle
Director Richard Jones brings magic-realist noir to Wagner’s world – with results that range from poignant to distracting

Tim Ashley

21, Nov, 2021 @1:29 PM

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The week in clasical: Macbeth; Brentano String Quartet – review
Anna Pirozzi, Simon Keenlyside and numerous witches jostle for power at Covent Garden. Plus, illuminating accounts of Beethoven and Mendelssohn’s final works

Stephen Pritchard

21, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Champion of the Russian composer’s operas Dmitri Tcherniakov notches up another with this Bolshoi theme-park staging

Andrew Clements

18, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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‘About as big as it gets’: behind the scenes of Wagner’s The Valkyrie at English National Opera
ENO returns to live performances this season with a bold, ambitious choice: Wagner’s The Valkyrie. At the technical rehearsal we watched it take shape inside the Coliseum

Imogen Tilden, photographs by David Levene

18, Nov, 2021 @9:03 AM

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The Cunning Little Vixen review – CBSO’s concert staging has care but misses vital charm
Elena Tsallagova was a feisty vixen and the CBSO’s playing under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was outstanding in a more matter-of-fact interpretation of Janáček’s opera than one normally hears

Andrew Clements

17, Nov, 2021 @6:28 PM

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ENO teams up with TikTok stars for opera based on Tiger King
‘TikTopera’ project recaps story from hit Netflix series as part of attempt to reach out to younger audience

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

15, Nov, 2021 @8:05 PM

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Perth festival 2022 features immersive events and puts WA talent front and centre
Artistic director Iain Grandage says ocean-themed program is ‘constantly evolving’ amid Covid and border uncertainty

Kelly Burke

15, Nov, 2021 @1:19 AM

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The week in classical: Life, Letters & Friendship; Bluebeard’s Castle – review
The Carducci Quartet get to the heart of Shostakovich, while two very different interpretations of Bartók’s only opera enthral

Stephen Pritchard

13, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Clifford Grant obituary
Other lives: Operatic bass who performed key roles all over the world

Ruth Anders Grant

07, Nov, 2021 @5:41 PM

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Bluebeard’s Castle review – Bartók’s opera wields devastating power in contrasting performances
Gerald Finley and Susan Bullock are at their best in a disquieting small-scale reimagining for Theatre of Sound; while Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic’s more traditional take is equally sensational

Tim Ashley

07, Nov, 2021 @1:08 PM

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The week in classical: HMS Pinafore; 12 Ensemble – review
The ENO delights with a lavish staging of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, while the conductor-less string group tackle Max Richter’s mesmerising take on Vivaldi

Fiona Maddocks

06, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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