Ignoring Russian opera — and, in particular, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov — is a mistake
‘Peter Grimes’ labours under the weight of national anxieties
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?
I was completely absorbed by this opera as a sound production — maybe one day I’ll get to see the whole show
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?