Agrippina, Royal Opera House

Agrippina, Royal Opera House

Mommie dearest By Paul Levy Among my regrets is that I am old enough to have seen and heard Maria Callas perform at Covent Garden, but young enough at the time to feel I could not afford the tickets. It goes some way to make up for this lapse that I have seen Joyce...
Romantic affinities

Romantic affinities

Brahms and Rachmaninov: the acceptable face of conservative programming? These two composers, each representing his own kind of retro-chic, make for a nice balance of sensual and intellectual, a celebration of the Romantic orchestra, of virtuosity and earnestness....
Rinaldo, Glyndebourne

Rinaldo, Glyndebourne

Playground for Paladins by Fiona Hook Robert Carsen’s 2011 staging of Handel’s Rinaldo eschews both Handel’s patriotic subtext about the war England was then waging with France, and more contemporary echoes, in favour of a jolly romp taking place in the imagination of...
Die Zauberflöte, Glyndebourne

Die Zauberflöte, Glyndebourne

Kitchen sunk drama There might come a time when this new Glyndebourne production of Mozart’s Magic Flute by the Franco-Canadian team of stage director/choreographer Renaud Doucet, and costume/set designer André Barbe, trading as Barbe and Doucet, will find its...
Noye’s Fludde, ENO/Theatre Royal Stratford East

Noye’s Fludde, ENO/Theatre Royal Stratford East

All aboard Benjamin Britten’s 1958 account of the flood described in Genesis draws on the mediaeval mystery plays, in which obedience is a key theme. While other human beings are busy being wicked, Noah is obedient to God’s command and starts building the ship without...