McDermott’s Cosi Fan Tutte at the ENO –…

Phelim McDermott’s production of ‘Cosi fan tutte’ at the English National Opera (ENO) is an outstanding display of eclectic and vibrantly coloured set designs. Tom Pye’s scenery evokes a 1950’s fun fair similar to Coney…

Think you know enough about Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’…

Context notes and Synopsis I have included details on:Verdi's inspirationsVioletta's characterisationShort section on the music Modern films inspired by the operaClips from other presentations of the operaWhy it is regarded as No.1 in the world…

***** Orpheus at the Battersea Arts Centre –…

  The Orpheus Gang  There is a lot to say about Little Bulb Theatre’s brilliant production of ‘Orpheus’at the Battersea Arts Centre but one thing is for certain and that is this kaleidoscope of mixed…

**** Prince Igor – A spiritual Russian opera…

You are in a history class when you watch ‘Prince Igor.’ Consider the current situation with President Putin and the diplomatic crisis. Before Crimea belonged to modern Ukraine its lands and borders, according to ‘Prince…

The Magic Flute: Review English National Opera Coliseum,…

 Director: Simon McBurney (Written 2014/02/20) Last night at the ENO’s Coliseum theatre, the staging was unconventional where an elevated orchestra was raised from the pit. The protagonist, Tamino (Ben Johnson,) walks up to the flautist, Katie Bedford, while…