Iris, Opera Holland Park

Iris, Opera Holland Park

To the cathouse Alexandra Coghlan Imagine Madama Butterfly without love, without hope, set in a brothel, with a heroine who dies not by the sword but in a sewer. That’s Mascagni’s 1898 opera Iris, back on a London stage for the first time in nearly 20 years in a new...
L’italiana in Algeri, Garsington Opera

L’italiana in Algeri, Garsington Opera

Sunk with all hands Robert Thicknesse It was Michael Foot who suggested that Rossini’s 1813 comedy, the happy product of his youthful salad days, has more to say about Italian aspirations for national unity (and says it in a notably more fun way) than all of Verdi’s...
Eugene Onegin, Garsington Opera at Wormsley

Eugene Onegin, Garsington Opera at Wormsley

Slavs to love Paul Levy With its large orchestra and very large chorus, Eugene Onegin is Garsington Opera’s most ambitious production in its 28 seasons. Conducted by the company’s artistic director, Douglas Boyd, and directed by Michael Boyd (no relation), artistic...