La forza del destino, Royal Opera House

La forza del destino, Royal Opera House

Misfortune cookies The Royal Opera has sold this production expensively and successfully not because of the work itself, however interesting (and it really is), but because of Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann as Leonora and Alvaro. Nobody likes Christof Loy’s muddled...
The Merry Widow, English National Opera, Coliseum

The Merry Widow, English National Opera, Coliseum

PISS POOR Franz Lehár’s operetta, newly staged at the Coliseum by English National Opera, looks sort of traditionally Edwardian – except for the slinky contemporary ballgown worn by Sarah Tynan in the title role of Hanna Glawari, as up-to-the-minute as the MeToo...
The Magic Flute, Grand Theatre, Leeds

The Magic Flute, Grand Theatre, Leeds

Destination unknown Tell it not in Gath – but Mozart’s Magic Flute is politically too incorrect in this #MeToo era. Among many cuts in Opera North’s new production, no animals get charmed by the magic of Tamino’s flute on his mission to rescue Pamina, and of course...
The Return of Ulysses, Royal Opera at the Roundhouse

The Return of Ulysses, Royal Opera at the Roundhouse

Return in the round By Tom Sutcliffe Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse was wonderfully entertaining in Peter Hall’s classic Glyndebourne production of Raymond Leppard’s orchestrated edition 44 years ago starring Janet Baker and Ben Luxon. But Monteverdi operas need...