Káťa Kabanová

Káťa Kabanová is a romantic tribute to Leoš Janáček’s young lover Kamila Stösslová. The Czech composer never failed to portray high emotions in his score writings, and his opera, Káťa Kabanová, is arguably the composer at the height of his  ...

L’incoronazione di Poppea

It's a bunch of firsts for the Hampstead Garden Opera and their new production of Claudio Monteverdi's marvellous opera L'incoronazione di Poppea. Hosted at the Jackson Lane Theatre, it is the first time they are performing with surtitles and  ...

Rigoletto, English National Opera

The ENO has revived an original Jonathan Miller production that took flight in 1982 – it received rave reviews regarding its unique and authentic stage work. Back in 1982, Miller’s innovation came from shifting Verdi’s original 19th century Italian Renaissance  ...

The Pirates of Penzance, English National Opera

Returning after two years is Mike Leigh’s inimitable production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, which is notably stronger in direction and performance compared to its first outing. It didn’t make the cut for some critics who complained  ...

Lulu at the English National Opera

This week is another tasteful and satisfying evening out at the ENO. It is also the second time the ENO has presented a revival work, following The Pearl Fishers that went down a treat in New York's Met opera house  ...

The Pearl Fishers, English National Opera

This is the third time I've seen Penny Woolcock's visually stunning production of The Pearl Fishers at the London Coliseum, and I still haven't got tired of it. English National Opera has brought its original showing of Bizet's less successful  ...

Jenůfa

Despite how musically rich and sensitive Janáček’s opera Jenůfa is, its grotesque storyline, which includes the murdering of a child, is not. It captures a sample of small-town life in Moravian Slovakia during the mid-1850s, which first influenced Gabriela Preissová  ...

The Dark Mirror, by Hans Zender

First, I must admit that I am more familiar with Schubert's "Wintereisse" through the voice of Ian Bostridge, but sung 'straight' with nothing else but a piano to accompany the tenor. Last year, I was completely absorbed by  ...

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Vogue 100: A Century of Style has just opened at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and it takes us back in time and shows us how this internationally renowned fashion magazine has got to where it has today. The way  ...