Ariadne auf Naxos, Longborough Opera

Ariadne auf Naxos, Longborough Opera

“Is there no ‘beyond?’/ Are we already there?” Ariadne asks towards the end of Ariadne auf Naxos. At the opening night, conductor Anthony Negus and the Longborough Orchestra were conveying exactly that sense of having suddenly stumbled across new and unexpected joys....
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – in concert

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – in concert

By Anna Smith I’ve become a bit of a regular at the Royal Albert Hall’s ‘in concert’ series: it’s a certainly an impressive place to watch classic movies with a live orchestral soundtrack. Back to the Future and Amadeus raised the roof, and Raiders of the Lost Ark was...
Pelleas et Melisande, Glyndebourne

Pelleas et Melisande, Glyndebourne

Road to nowhere by Tom Sutcliffe Self-referential production concepts have become tediously common at Glyndebourne over the years. The very high standing of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished opera festival no doubt makes it hard totally to avoid...
The Lodger, Bremerhaven State Theatre

The Lodger, Bremerhaven State Theatre

Undead By Tom Sutcliffe Phyllis Tate’s 1960 opera has not deserved the neglect into which it has fallen. Will the current claims about advancing the status of women composers actually mean anything? Tate was married to Alan Frank who ran OUP’s music list for 21 years...