Alexandra Coghlan

Brutality, brutalism and barbed wire: Maurizio Muraro as Ferrando in David Bösch’s ‘Il trovatore’

Fifty shades of grey

7 July 2016 1:00 pm

Grey men in grey overcoats walking through grey architecture. If you had to pick an image to reflect the current…

Light and shade

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Comedy and tragedy sit close beside one another in Mozart’s operas. Whether it’s the grinning horror of the Così finale…

The food of love

2 July 2016 9:00 am

‘You are the most adorable man and artist, intelligent, gifted, simple, loving and noble… I am really very, very lucky…

Light and shade

30 June 2016 1:00 pm

Comedy and tragedy sit close beside one another in Mozart’s operas. Whether it’s the grinning horror of the Così finale…

Light and shade

30 June 2016 1:00 pm

Comedy and tragedy sit close beside one another in Mozart’s operas. Whether it’s the grinning horror of the Così finale…

No laughing matter

11 June 2016 8:00 am

Rossini is the meat-and-two-inappropriately-shaped-veg of summer opera; he’s the wag in the novelty bow tie, the two satyrs shagging enthusiastically…

Visual whipped cream and cheoreographic sprinkles at Garsington fail to disguise the festering horror underneath Rossini’s ‘L’italiana in Algeri’

No laughing matter

9 June 2016 1:00 pm

Rossini is the meat-and-two-inappropriately-shaped-veg of summer opera; he’s the wag in the novelty bow tie, the two satyrs shagging enthusiastically…

Visual whipped cream and cheoreographic sprinkles at Garsington fail to disguise the festering horror underneath Rossini’s ‘L’italiana in Algeri’

No laughing matter

9 June 2016 1:00 pm

Rossini is the meat-and-two-inappropriately-shaped-veg of summer opera; he’s the wag in the novelty bow tie, the two satyrs shagging enthusiastically…

Out of time and harsh: the historical treatment of the female composer

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Just a few weeks ago, Germany’s VAN magazine published an interview with the composer Olga Neuwirth. In it she describes…

A Handel opera that isn't by Handel, and a Mozart opera composed in 1990, reviewed

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Disguises and mistaken identities are a staple of opera, but usually as part of the onstage, not the offstage, action.…

Whose opera is it anyway?

21 April 2016 1:00 pm

Disguises and mistaken identities are a staple of opera, but usually as part of the onstage, not the offstage, action.…

Whose opera is it anyway?

21 April 2016 1:00 pm

Disguises and mistaken identities are a staple of opera, but usually as part of the onstage, not the offstage, action.…

Is there a funnier opera than Gerald Barry’s Importance of Being Earnest?

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Comic opera is no laughing matter. Seriously, when was the last time you laughed out loud in the opera house?…

Comic relief

7 April 2016 1:00 pm

Comic opera is no laughing matter. Seriously, when was the last time you laughed out loud in the opera house?…

Comic relief

7 April 2016 1:00 pm

Comic opera is no laughing matter. Seriously, when was the last time you laughed out loud in the opera house?…

Anna Devin as Alcina and Nick Pritchard as Ruggiero in ‘La Liberazione di Ruggiero’ at Brighton Early Music Festival

Has there ever been a better time to be a lover of Baroque opera?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Time was when early music was a 6 p.m. concert, Baroque began with Bach and ended with Corelli’s Christmas Concerto,…

Anna Devin as Alcina and Nick Pritchard as Ruggiero in ‘La Liberazione di Ruggiero’ at Brighton Early Music Festival

Has there ever been a better time to be a lover of Baroque opera?

26 November 2015 3:00 pm

Time was when early music was a 6 p.m. concert, Baroque began with Bach and ended with Corelli’s Christmas Concerto,…

Anna Devin as Alcina and Nick Pritchard as Ruggiero in ‘La Liberazione di Ruggiero’ at Brighton Early Music Festival

Has there ever been a better time to be a lover of Baroque opera?

26 November 2015 3:00 pm

Time was when early music was a 6 p.m. concert, Baroque began with Bach and ended with Corelli’s Christmas Concerto,…

'A glittering concentrate of fury in her dark eyes': Patricia Racette as Katerina Ismailova in 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk'

Irish ayes

29 October 2015 3:00 pm

It’s Halloween, and right on lightning-flash cue enters an operatic ghost story exhumed from the grave of long-since-buried works. You…

'A glittering concentrate of fury in her dark eyes': Patricia Racette as Katerina Ismailova in 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk'

Irish ayes

29 October 2015 3:00 pm

It’s Halloween, and right on lightning-flash cue enters an operatic ghost story exhumed from the grave of long-since-buried works. You…

Wild-eyed mezzo Annunziata Vestri as mad Margherita in ‘Guglielmo Ratcliff’

Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff deserves to become a classic

29 October 2015 9:00 am

It’s Halloween, and right on lightning-flash cue enters an operatic ghost story exhumed from the grave of long-since-buried works. You…

I doubt Goethe intended Werther's sorrows to be as unremitting as this

24 October 2015 9:00 am

There are some things the French do better than everyone else. Cheese, military defeats and extra-marital affairs are a given,…

I doubt Goethe intended Werther’s sorrows to be as unremitting as this

22 October 2015 2:00 pm

There are some things the French do better than everyone else. Cheese, military defeats and extra-marital affairs are a given,…

I doubt Goethe intended Werther’s sorrows to be as unremitting as this

22 October 2015 2:00 pm

There are some things the French do better than everyone else. Cheese, military defeats and extra-marital affairs are a given,…

Detail of the bridge of the kora, a harp made from calabash and cow hide, with strings aligned in a perpendicular plane

The polyphonous Babel of global music

17 October 2015 8:00 am

‘Following custom, when the Siamese conquered the Khmer they carried off much of the population, including most of their musicians,…