L’Ange de Nisida

L’Ange de Nisida

Recording angel Donizetti would have been tickled pink to hear Sir Mark Elder and the orchestra of the Royal Opera giving the world premiere of his opera semiseria. Elder has spent years championing little-known bel canto works, recording nine of them for Opera Rara,...
Carmen, Royal Opera

Carmen, Royal Opera

If the Royal Opera had been looking for the polar opposite to its last production of Carmen, it hit the jackpot with Barrie Kosky’s staging. Whereas Francesca Zambello created a conventional Spanish fantasy set around a Seville plaza, teeming with urchins, chickens...
Monteverdi, John Eliot Gardiner, V&A

Monteverdi, John Eliot Gardiner, V&A

Monteverdi’s curtain call Amanda Holloway At the top of my Christmas highlights is John Eliot Gardiner’s trio of Monteverdi operas, compressed into an evening of music at the V&A to coincide with the Opera: Passion, Power & Politics exhibition....