On Opera

Ignoring Russian opera — and, in particular, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov — is a mistake

Carmen still shocks and seduces

With productions this bad, it is no surprise that nobody cares about opera

Could the jazz-hands pizzaz of musical theatre be just what opera needs?

Contemporary debates over the “suitability” of many operas leaves us with only English productions

The ENO’s production of The Valkyrie may lack flames, but it is convincing nonetheless

While belly-laughs are not frequent, there’s terrific fun to be had in this massive soap-opera-style family melodrama

Why on earth would we want to see the same tawdry old stories endlessly re-enacted?

A large proportion of the English drive themselves mad with a baroque cocktail of fury, snobbery and self-hatred over Gilbert and Sullivan

Robert Thicknesse on the woes of modern, British opera