Eugene Onegin, Mid Wales Opera

Eugene Onegin, Mid Wales Opera

Slavs to love By Richard Bratby The Courtyard, Hereford, Tuesday 10 April 2018 The second full-scale production by Mid Wales Opera under Richard Studer and Jonathan Lyness’s leadership is Eugene Onegin, and it’s a shrewd choice. How shrewd? Well, as Tchaikovsky...
Iolanthe, English National Opera

Iolanthe, English National Opera

Fairy bad | by Tom Sutcliffe | English National Opera has had mixed experience with Gilbert & Sullivan – apart from Jonathan Miller’s never-fading Mikado brilliantly (and very distinctively) designed by Stefanos Lazaridis. Who now remembers Ken Russell’s...
Un ballo in maschera, Opera North, Leeds

Un ballo in maschera, Opera North, Leeds

By Tom Sutcliffe | Who is to blame for the less than wonderful launch of Opera North’s latest Verdi? – the marvellous Un ballo in maschera, with its unconsummated central love affair, superstition and violent politics. Richard Farnes is widely accepted as a...
Salome, Royal Opera House

Salome, Royal Opera House

Coming to a head By Robert Thicknesse Richard Strauss’s 1905 work – a cunning undertaking which, in setting Oscar Wilde’s intentionally inflammatory play of 1891, achieved its aim of creating notoriety and instant fame – is one of those operas that, by transforming...