Alexandra Coghlan

Risk assessment

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Someone at the Buxton International Festival had a wry smile on their face when programming this year’s trio of operas.…

Music matters

3 June 2017 9:00 am

The ancient Greeks had a word for it —katabasis, descending into the depths, to the underworld itself, in search of…

The Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis) in song flight, Sussex, April 2012

Soaring and singing

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Whether it’s Coleridge’s nightingale or Petrarch’s, Ted Hughes’s wren or Shelley’s skylark, Helen Macdonald’s hawk or Max Porter’s crow, literature…

Bingeing on Bach

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Coined in 1944, ‘completism’ is a modern term for a modern-day obsession. What began as a phenomenon of possession —…

Passion indeed

22 April 2017 9:00 am

‘The dripping blood our only drink/ The bloody flesh our only food…/ Again, in spite of that, we call this…

The lost Stradivarius

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Min Kym is a violinist, but if you Google her name you won’t find sound-clips or concert reviews, touring schedules…

Death becomes her

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Opera is littered with the bodies of abandoned women. Step over Dido and Gilda, and you’ll still stumble into Donna…

Slyly surreal: Christopher Alden’s Partenope at ENO

Denial has rarely looked so good

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Ceci n’est pas une Partenope. Forget the warring classical kingdoms of Naples and Cumae: this is surrealist Paris in the…

‘Portrait of a Musician’, thought to be Claudio Monteverdi, c.1590, by a Cremonese artist

Thoroughly modern Monteverdi

18 February 2017 9:00 am

‘Eppur si muove’ — And yet it moves. Galileo’s defiant insistence that the Earth revolves round the Sun, his refusal…

‘Portrait of a Musician’, thought to be Claudio Monteverdi, c.1590, by a Cremonese artist

Thoroughly modern Monteverdi

16 February 2017 3:00 pm

‘Eppur si muove’ — And yet it moves. Galileo’s defiant insistence that the Earth revolves round the Sun, his refusal…

Notes on a scandal

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Kids: who’d have them? Certainly no one who has ever been to the opera. If they’re not murdering you, they’re…

Notes on a scandal

2 February 2017 3:00 pm

Kids: who’d have them? Certainly no one who has ever been to the opera. If they’re not murdering you, they’re…

Notes on a scandal

2 February 2017 3:00 pm

Kids: who’d have them? Certainly no one who has ever been to the opera. If they’re not murdering you, they’re…

All’s well that ends well

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The last ten minutes of any Don Giovanni tell you more about a director than the previous two hours. Mozart’s…

All at sea: Rachel Kelly as Donna Elvira and Henk Neven as Don Giovanni in Northern Ireland Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’

All’s well that ends well

24 November 2016 3:00 pm

The last ten minutes of any Don Giovanni tell you more about a director than the previous two hours. Mozart’s…

All at sea: Rachel Kelly as Donna Elvira and Henk Neven as Don Giovanni in Northern Ireland Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’

All’s well that ends well

24 November 2016 3:00 pm

The last ten minutes of any Don Giovanni tell you more about a director than the previous two hours. Mozart’s…

Buried treasure

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Wexford is to opera-goers what casinos are to gamblers. The uncertainty, the hope, the exhilaration — they’re all a crucial…

Buried treasure

3 November 2016 3:00 pm

Wexford is to opera-goers what casinos are to gamblers. The uncertainty, the hope, the exhilaration — they’re all a crucial…

Buried treasure

3 November 2016 3:00 pm

Wexford is to opera-goers what casinos are to gamblers. The uncertainty, the hope, the exhilaration — they’re all a crucial…

High and low

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

‘Besides feeble writing, there is a mixture of tragic-comedy and buffoonery in it, which Apostolo Zeno and Metastasio had banished…

Carry on camping: English Touring Opera’s ‘La Calisto’

High and low

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

‘Besides feeble writing, there is a mixture of tragic-comedy and buffoonery in it, which Apostolo Zeno and Metastasio had banished…

Carry on camping: English Touring Opera’s ‘La Calisto’

High and low

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

‘Besides feeble writing, there is a mixture of tragic-comedy and buffoonery in it, which Apostolo Zeno and Metastasio had banished…

Losing heart

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The subtitle for Mozart’s Così fan tutte may be ‘The School For Lovers’, but it’s as a school for directors…

Ben Baur’s stylish designs for ‘Così fan tutte’ at the Royal Opera House

Losing heart

29 September 2016 1:00 pm

The subtitle for Mozart’s Così fan tutte may be ‘The School For Lovers’, but it’s as a school for directors…

Ben Baur’s stylish designs for ‘Così fan tutte’ at the Royal Opera House

Losing heart

29 September 2016 1:00 pm

The subtitle for Mozart’s Così fan tutte may be ‘The School For Lovers’, but it’s as a school for directors…