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A second helping for Carsen’s delicious Falstaff at the Royal Opera

Verdi: Falstaff ***** Royal Opera, 6th July 2015 If “all the world’s a jest”, as Sir John Falstaff claims at the end of Verdi’s final operatic masterpiece, then we need players – and directors – with a sense of frivolity. … Continue reading

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Marina Rebeka: a Violetta in robust health in Covent Garden’s Traviata

Verdi: La traviata *** Royal Opera, 18th May 2015 Twenty-one years, twelve revivals and umpteen casts later, Richard Eyre’s Royal Opera production of La traviata still has much to recommend it. Bob Crowley’s designs are handsome – the salon in … Continue reading

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Sun worship: ecstatic playing from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Ravel, Chausson, Bernstein, Scriabin: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House/Pappano **** Royal Opera House, 4th May 2015 “O welche Lust in freier Luft” sing the prisoners in Fidelio, released from their cells to enjoy a few moments of fresh air. … Continue reading

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Eyes wide open, a shocker of a Rusalka at the Royal Opera

Dvořák: Rusalka  ** The Royal Opera, 27th February 2012 Rusalka is simply too good an opera to have waited until 2012 for its first staging by the Royal Opera. Dvořák’s fairy tale about the water nymph who falls in love … Continue reading

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