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Romeo, Juliet and Mussolini

24 May 2014 9:00 am

George Balanchine’s Serenade, the manifesto of 20th-century neoclassical choreography, requires a deep understanding of both its complex stylistic nuances and…

Beguiling musicality: Sébastien Guèze as Rodolfo and Gabriela Istoc as Mimì in Opera North’s ‘La Bohème’

Two Mimi-Rodolfos at Opera North who go from nought to frisky very believably

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Purists might have winced at Opera North’s advertisement for its latest revival of La Bohème. ‘If you see one musical…

Modern dance vs Shakespeare

19 April 2014 9:00 am

In a dance world that has chosen to dispense with stylistic and semantic subtleties, ‘narrative ballet’ and ‘story ballet’ are…

The snobbery and sweaty brows of watching opera in the cinema

5 April 2014 9:00 am

I remain puzzled that, so far as I know, no daily or weekly paper carries reviews of the New York…

The Royal Opera House's Die Frau ohne Schatten – a dream solution to Strauss’s problem opera?

22 March 2014 9:00 am

If ever an opera was weighed down by its creators’ joint ambition, it is Die Frau ohne Schatten. Richard Strauss…

Bach is made for dancing

15 February 2014 9:00 am

It appears that J.S. Bach’s music is to theatre-dance what whipped cream is to chocolate. Masterworks such as Trisha Brown’s…

Don Giovanni at his unsexiest

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Every time there’s a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni I have to ask the same question: why is this…

Overrated Strauss vs underrated Gluck

11 January 2014 9:00 am

This is the first of my more-or-less monthly columns, the idea of which is to report on operatic events other…

The state of opera today (it's not good)

4 January 2014 9:00 am

I’ve been hoping that in this, the last of my weekly columns on opera, I would be able to strike…

Parsifal has anxiety, rage, near-madness — unfortunately the Royal Opera's version doesn't

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Debussy’s description of the music of Parsifal as being ‘lit up from behind’ is famous; less so is Wagner’s own…

The Royal Ballet's triple bill was danced to perfection

16 November 2013 9:00 am

There was a time when the term ‘world première’ was not as fashionable as it is these days. Great works…

I hope you spotted the epic 'existential struggle' in Les vêpres siciliennes — I didn't

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes is his least performed mature opera, even in its more familiar version as I vespri siciliani.…

Why do people talk such nonsense when describing opera? American Lulu and Le Nozze di Figaro reviewed

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Why would anyone want to adapt Berg’s Lulu, a masterpiece even if a problematic one? According to John Fulljames, who…

A formidable cast for Covent Garden’s Capriccio

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Richard Strauss’s operatic swansong Capriccio made an elegant and untaxing conclusion to the Royal Opera’s season. It was done in…