Le Nozze di Figaro, ROYAL OPERA

Le Nozze di Figaro, ROYAL OPERA

I’m an opera critic. I’m not there to enjoy myself. So I always feel a little fraudulent when a trip to the opera presents an evening of pure pleasure. David McVicar’s 2006 staging of Figaro, the opera’s 1786 setting transposed to a country house in 1830, is...
Macbeth, Royal Opera

Macbeth, Royal Opera

By Robert Thicknesse How do you turn a Hammer horror into a tragedy? It confronts every director of Verdi’s take on Shakespeare. Part of it is that the mid-19th century had such different ideas of drama (and of Shakespeare) from us, another that Verdi (and his...
THE VALKYRIE, LONDON COLISEUM

THE VALKYRIE, LONDON COLISEUM

The question of when and where to set Wagner’s Ring is an entirely open one, since like Arthur and Lear, it is everywhere and nowhere. Richard Jones (director) and Stewart Laing (set and costume designer) answer this by locating Act 1 of Valkyrie in a Wickes shed, Act...