Giulio Cesare, English Touring Opera

Giulio Cesare, English Touring Opera

Dubious Caesar Tom Sutcliffe Julius Caesar in Egypt is probably Handel’s most popular and approachable opera. Its story is very similar to Bernard Shaw’s play Caesar and Cleopatra. But it is the brilliance and memorable quality of so many of its arias that make it so...
Les vêpres siciliennes, Royal Opera House

Les vêpres siciliennes, Royal Opera House

Hard Going Tom Sutcliffe The first production by Stefan Herheim that I saw (and liked) was his Giulio Cesare in Oslo before the extravagant new opera house was built there. Herheim is Norwegian but his successful career as a director has been mainly in Germany, and he...
Aida, English National Opera

Aida, English National Opera

Excruciating Aida Tom Sutcliffe It is unclear, after the upheavals in the management and artistic direction of English National Opera, precisely who was responsible for engaging Phelim McDermott and his aptly-named theatre company Improbable to stage ENO’s new Aida....
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Prom 61

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Prom 61

Curtain Call Amanda Holloway Renée Fleming announced last year that Der Rosenkavalier would be her last appearance on the opera stage, but lately there has been a valedictory feel to her concerts too. The melancholy tone of her Prom with Sakari Oramo and the Royal...