ENO’s New 2018/19 Season

Written by Thomas Joy Daniel Kramer’s first season at the English National Opera (ENO) was always going to be bold, and it feels as though the ENO are a perfect fit for Kramer and his…

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Q & A: Michael Levine – Set and…

Canadian costume and set designer Michael Levine has worked in a variety of prestigious theatres and opera houses internationally for more than three decades. He created the original set designs for Robert Carsen's production of Benjamin…

ENO: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018)

[fourstar] Long for the days of Summer's innocence Lucky number three. Three ravishing productions have been performed at the London Coliseum from the English National Opera’s (ENO) Spring 2018 programme. It seems that the quality…

English National Opera (ENO) Iolanthe (2018)

It's not Carry On [fivestar] It’s hard to forget an opening night like that. I’m no stranger to the most recent Gilbert and Sullivan (G&S) productions at the English National Opera (ENO). That’s predominantly down…

ENO – G& S’s The Pirates of Penzance…

Returning after two years is Mike Leigh’s inimitable production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, which is notably stronger in direction and performance compared to its first outing. It didn’t make the cut…

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ENO: Rigoletto (2017)

The ENO has revived an original Jonathan Miller production that took flight in 1982 - it received rave reviews regarding its unique and authentic stage work. Back in 1982, Miller’s innovation came from shifting Verdi’s…

ENO: Kentridge’s Lulu (2016)

[caption id="attachment_8657" align="alignleft" width="979"] Brenda Rae in ENO's 'Lulu' (C) Alastair Muir[/caption] This week is another tasteful and satisfying evening out at the ENO. It is also the second time the ENO has presented a…

ENO: The Pearl Fishers, 2016

[caption id="attachment_8651" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Claudia Boyle as Leïla CREDIT: ALASTAIR MUIR[/caption] This is the third time I've seen Penny Woolcock's visually stunning production of The Pearl Fishers and I still haven't got tired of it.…

ENO: Tristan and Isolde ★★★★☆

Many opera lovers know that there is much luscious music to discover with Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. The climactic love-death song that is Liebestod (otherwise known as Isolde’s Verklärung), the glorious intensity of the score alongside…