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  ...

Norma

  The English National Opera (ENO) first performed Bellini’s 1831 bel canto opera, Norma this month. Christopher Alden's production was first performed by Opera North in 2012, which is a co-production with Die Theatre Chemnitz and has toured to  ...

Electronic Superhighway

    Nowadays it's hard to find anyone who will say that they don't like the internet. Just think about how much has been achieved because of it. "Electronic Superhighway" is a new exhibition currently showing at the  ...

Solomon’s Knot: Christmas Festival in London

In mid-December,  St John's Smith Square was alight with their 30th annual Christmas Festival. The final performances of the festival included masterpieces that one would expect to see during the festive season including Bach's Mass in B minor and Handel's  ...

Christmas Festival

Last week St John's Smith Square was alight by their 30th annual Christmas Festival. The final performances of the festival included masterpieces that one would expect to see during the festive season including Bach's Mass in B minor and Handel's  ...

L’ospedale

  Back in 2003, Naomi Matsumoto came across an edited score at the Marciana Library in Venice. It was a handwritten score, which seemed to have been written in the 17th century with no mention of a composer or  ...