Capriccio, Garsington Opera

Capriccio, Garsington Opera

No contest By Robert Thicknesse It’s a legal requirement these days to preface any discussion of Richard Strauss’s final opera with snarky comments on its wartime composition in Munich. Sure, it seems a bit odd to us now to have premiered this whimsical...
Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

A delayed follow-up to Winter’s Bone gives Debra Granik a second triumphant drama By Mansel Stimpson It was Debra Granik’s second feature, Winter’s Bone of 2010, that brought stardom to Jennifer Lawrence, but that film also won enormous acclaim in...
Lessons in Love and Violence, Royal Opera House

Lessons in Love and Violence, Royal Opera House

Pale and uninteresting | by Tom Sutcliffe | Two operas about Edward II, his relationship with Piers Gaveston, and his bizarre death, is two too many. Yet another British monarch with marriage problems – whose son was much more important and interesting than he...
Der Freischütz, Stuttgart State Opera

Der Freischütz, Stuttgart State Opera

Into the woods | By Robert Thicknesse | If you want to see Weber’s seminal Romantic opera these days, you pretty much have to go to Germany. Just as well, too – imagine the camp horrors that would be inflicted on it here out of a mixture of embarrassment and snobbery....
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...