Tag Archives: Michael Fabiano

No moonlight, no magic: Richard Jones directs a vanilla Bohème for the Royal Opera

Puccini: La bohème *** The Royal Opera, 11th September 2017 New productions of La bohème don’t come around that often at the Royal Opera. John Copley’s venerable staging lasted for 43 years and the one before that – Peter Brook … Continue reading

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Carmen as therapy: Tcherniakov challenges clichés but is stumped in Aix

Bizet: Carmen ** Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, 4th July 2017 Love may well be a rebellious bird, but that’s as nothing to maverick director Dmitri Tcherniakov. In his beloved Russian repertoire he displays genius – his recent Snow Maiden in Paris fully … Continue reading

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Seeing double: Kasper Holten’s Eugene Onegin returns to Covent Garden

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin **** The Royal Opera, 19th December 2015 The question I’d longed to ask Kasper Holten when his 2013 Royal Opera staging of Eugene Onegin opened was: if you’d had a younger soprano cast as Tatyana, would you … Continue reading

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Miller’s ‘mafioso’ Rigoletto still powerfully persuasive

Verdi: Rigoletto**** English National Opera, 21st September 2009 Jonathan Miller’s mafioso take on Verdi’s Rigoletto premiered at English National Opera in 1982, since when it’s become a company stalwart. This is its twelfth revival and the powers that be obviously … Continue reading

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