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 was...
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....
Chess, English National Opera

Chess, English National Opera

The Benny & Bjorn supremacy | By Alexandra Coghlan | In a genre of unlikely gambits – cats, nuns, the assassins of American presidents, a children’s train set – is there a less obvious subject for a musical than chess? There’s a certain wilful brilliance to...
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...
Coraline, Barbican Theatre

Coraline, Barbican Theatre

Button for punishment | by Tom Sutcliffe | The first rule for successful opera composition is to choose a story involving characters that can be believable when they tell us about themselves, which of course is not the only reason they are there in the story. Opera is...