ENO : Otello – I cannot question Verdi’s…

Verdi visited England in 1847 when he first saw Shakespeare’s Othello. This moved him and the librettist Arrigo Boïto to complete their own opera of the play in 1887. It is claimed to be Verdi’s…

Anna Nicole: A Musical with Operatic Voices [FOUR…

By Mary Grace Nguyen Women play a significant role in opera; world renowned characters such as Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s Violetta are part of the endless list of opera heroines, and despite their social ranking…

BBC Prom 59: Richard Strauss’ Elektra **** [FOUR…

BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBCSO) and conductor, Semyon Bychkov  BBC Prom 59 [Sunday 31st August] was dominated by Elektra (1909); the second of the two so-called  psycho-pathological operas of Richard Strauss following a lusty and staggering performance of Salome the night…

Tête à tête: The Opera Festival 2014 –…

 By Mary Grace Nguyen Tête à tête: The Opera Festival has an array of newly made fringe operas, which are being showcased on their 8th year of bringing together the freshest opera talent from the…

Merry Opera Company’s Kiss me, Figaro at The…

Kiss Me, Figaro performed at The Scoop (back in June) was a combination of various musical art forms including opera, musicals, jazz, dance choreographies and some interesting costume designs. Although, the newest production of Merry Opera Company, Kiss…

Penny Wilcock’s The Pearl Fishers at the ENO:…

Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers was not a success when it first premiered at the Théâtre Lyrique in 1863. Until now it hasn't received the same astounding reputation as his later and most popular opera, ‘Carmen.’ Penny Woolcock’s current…

Gilbert and Sullivan: An witty and upbeat opera…

Taking place in one of the very first Elizabethan pub theatres, the King’s Head Theatre, is a contemporary and polished version of W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s ‘Patience.’ Directed by John Savournin of the Charles…

ENO Screen: Terry Gilliam’s Benvenuto Cellini : A…

Yet again cinema has succeeded in carrying the gravitas and sincerity of a live stage production. However, Terry Gilliam’s version of Hector Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellinihas a lot more to offer than his visionary expertise in…

‘La Traviata’ ROH BP Big Screen Live ****

Last night (May 20th) saw the live broadcast of Richard Eyre’s production of ‘La Traviata,’ which celebrates its 20thyear at the Royal Opera House. Viewers from all over the globe could stream it online from…