Oedipe, Royal Opera House

Oedipe, Royal Opera House

Oedipus the spectacle Amanda Holloway Basking in the sunshine of Enescu’s glorious score for Oedipe at the Royal Opera, I remembered the last time I became obsessed with the music of Romania’s foremost composer. Someone had given me a recording of...
Clangers, Bagpuss & Co, V&A Museum of Childhood,

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co, V&A Museum of Childhood,

David Buckman Just launched in a corner of that cornucopia of nostalgia, the V&A Museum of Childhood, is a free exhibition that will probably give more pleasure to more people than many costly West End blockbusters. Clangers, Bagpuss & Co is a first major...
Die Zauberflöte, Royal Festival Hall

Die Zauberflöte, Royal Festival Hall

Fairytale Flute Jessica Duchen A “staged concert”, according to conductor Iván Fischer, is “a theatrical performance designed for a concert hall”, its goal “organic unity” between music and theatre. That’s what opera performances are anyway, aren’t they? Oh, wait…...
Stealing a march

Stealing a march

Gay’s not quite the word William Russell The London fringe sometimes springs a surprise and steals the thunder of the great and the good, this time that of those who reside in the subsidised palace on the South Bank, with The Buskers Opera, a new musical, at the...