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  ...

The Complete Piano Etudes of Philip Glass

Composer-performers were all the rage in nineteenth century Europe. Liszt wowed big crowds with his miraculous technique, and so did Chopin, but the less flashy piano concert tours of Brahms and Clara Schumann were big draws plus their bread and  ...

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philharmonia Orchestra London

An out of town visitor always excites interest, even envy, and Philharmonia's music director and Finnish-born conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen's return visit to his former California turf certainly did, and with three programs, including two by former Angeleno Igor Stravinsky  ...

Turandot, Opera Philadelphia

Andre Barbe’s set and costume designs for Opera Philadelphia’s current production of Puccini’s Turandot are so spectacular, that they keep giving during the entire time. The detailing and cultural template recalls the golden age of Hollywood and the impact threaten  ...

Don Giovanni, English National Opera

After a rollercoaster year of budget cuts and high-profile walkouts, English National Opera's 2016-17 season opens with this much-heralded new "Don Giovanni" from fêted director Richard Jones. Oddly enough, given Jones's 25-year association with the company, this is  ...

Macbeth

Here is my conundrum: (1) I am not crazy about performances that last three full hours; (2) I want to be emotionally pulled in; and (3) if dancers are going to be on stage for most of an opera the  ...

Don Pasquale

The superbly melodic operas of Gaetano Donizetti represent a triumph of the human spirit over extreme adversities. Long before syphilis and bipolar disorder drove him into an insane asylum and then early death at age 51 in 1848, he had  ...