Alexandra Coghlan

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,…

Erwin Schrott as Figaro and Anita Hartig as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro

McVicar’s Figaro looks increasingly fossilised. Time for the Royal Opera to ditch it

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Is there a more extraordinary, more heart-stilling moment in all opera than the finale of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro?…

Erwin Schrott as Figaro and Anita Hartig as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro

Fossilised Figaro

24 September 2015 1:00 pm

Is there a more extraordinary, more heart-stilling moment in all opera than the finale of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro?…

Erwin Schrott as Figaro and Anita Hartig as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro

Fossilised Figaro

24 September 2015 1:00 pm

Is there a more extraordinary, more heart-stilling moment in all opera than the finale of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro?…

Christopher Turner as Artemidoro, the romantic lead transformed into a raving hippy in Trofonio’s ‘cave’

Don’t listen to Amadeus - this Salieri opera is better than Mozart

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Magical transformations are a commonplace of opera. We see our heroes turned into animals, trees, statues; witness wild beasts turned…

When is a rape not a rape? Fiona Shaw's Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne reviewed

11 July 2015 9:00 am

When is a rape not a rape? It’s an unsettling question — far more so than anything offered up by…

The gang rape was the least offensive thing about Royal Opera's new William Tell

4 July 2015 9:00 am

There’s no such thing as a tasteful rape scene — or there certainly shouldn’t be. It’s an act of grossest…

Béla Bartók recording folk songs with villagers in Hungary, 1907

Bartók would have made history even if he’d never composed a note

6 June 2015 9:00 am

‘All my life, always and in every way, I shall have one objective: the good of Hungary and the Hungarian…

Do you see me laughing? Mike Leigh’s Pirates of Penzance at the ENO reviewed

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Forget the pollsters and political pundits — English National Opera called it first and called it Right when it programmed…

ENO's Between Worlds at the Barbican reviewed: too respectful

18 April 2015 9:00 am

This week, some 200 years since Goya’s ‘The Disasters of War’, almost 80 years after Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, and over 50…