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 major...
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...

Words and music

By Jessica Duchen Two less than Christmassy pieces of news in music journalism have arrived within a matter of weeks. One is that the Ham & High – more than merely a north London local paper – is dropping its classical music coverage. The other is that the...
Immersed in Pussy Riot

Immersed in Pussy Riot

A theatrical event is part of the controversial new Saatchi Gallery exhibition, Art Riot by Simon Tait In March 2012 two members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot were jailed for two years after the group’s performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the...