Aida, English National Opera

Aida, English National Opera

Excruciating Aida Tom Sutcliffe It is unclear, after the upheavals in the management and artistic direction of English National Opera, precisely who was responsible for engaging Phelim McDermott and his aptly-named theatre company Improbable to stage ENO’s new Aida....
The Merchant of Venice, Cardiff Millennium Centre

The Merchant of Venice, Cardiff Millennium Centre

Outside the box Lucien Jenkins Despite the fact that the opera was largely written in the 1970s and intended for ENO, the WNO production of André Tchaikowsky’s Merchant of Venice is a UK premiere. It recycles Keith Warner’s production for the 2013 Bregenz Festival,...
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Prom 61

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Prom 61

Curtain Call Amanda Holloway Renée Fleming announced last year that Der Rosenkavalier would be her last appearance on the opera stage, but lately there has been a valedictory feel to her concerts too. The melancholy tone of her Prom with Sakari Oramo and the Royal...
Vienna Philharmonic, Prom 74

Vienna Philharmonic, Prom 74

Gentle Pleasures Amanda Holloway There’s nothing quite like the Vienna Philharmonic at full throttle in an expansive Romantic symphony such as Mahler’s Sixth, which they gave at the first of two Proms concerts, under the baton of Daniel Harding. But their second Proms...