Popcorn Double Feature

Popcorn Double Feature

(or, Can You Smell His Sweat?): Mark E Smith, 1957-2018 by Neil Young Among the bylines I’ve accumulated in my career as a critic, the one of which I’ll always be most proud is the issue of Slovenian film-journal KINO!, published in April 2008. On the...
Zaza, Opera Holland Park

Zaza, Opera Holland Park

Bouncing Back 18 July Endless revivals of “great” operas are legion. But sometimes a work pops out of the undergrowth and catches the imagination of a new era. Zazà, by Ruggero Leoncavallo, the composer of Pagliacci, burst (back) onto the scene with an inspired Opera...
Orfeo ed Euridice, Longborough Festival Opera

Orfeo ed Euridice, Longborough Festival Opera

To Hell and Back 29 July It’s no secret that Wagner is at the heart of Longborough Festival Opera’s artistic mission, but even they have never mounted quite such an unashamedly Germanic season as this summer. Following on from a (refocused and hugely more powerful)...
La clemenza di Tito, Glyndebourne

La clemenza di Tito, Glyndebourne

Bogged Down 31 July Each time I hear Mozart’s final opera I thank heaven we live in a world perceptive enough to realize that this piece, dismissed as a “German pig’s breakfast” by the wife of its dedicatee and disparaged pretty much ever since, is in fact a radiant...