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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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A bronze-toned lion of Venice: Kaufmann debuts as Otello at Covent Garden

Verdi: Otello **** The Royal Opera, 21st June 2017 After all the hype, he sang. Speculation about whether Jonas Kaufmann would even turn up for rehearsals to sing his first Otello have kept both press and social media frenzied for months. Even … Continue reading

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Ekaterina Bakanova a touchingly fragile Violetta in Covent Garden Traviata

Verdi: La traviata *** The Royal Opera, 14th June 2017 Kasper Holten was right. The affable former Director of Opera always defended yet another run of Verdi’s La traviata at Covent Garden by arguing that for every regular operagoer jaded by seeing … Continue reading

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Giant haystacks: Pelly’s sunny L’elisir d’amore romps back to Covent Garden

Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore **** The Royal Opera, 27th May 2017 This was meant to be Pretty Yende’s night. The South African soprano, praised for her bel canto feats at houses like The Met and Paris, was making her much-anticipated Royal … Continue reading

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Royal Opera’s Don Carlo revival fails to ignite

Verdi: Don Carlo *** Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 12th May 2017 “What a day, what a day for an auto-da-fé” sings the chorus in Bernstein’s Candide, “It’s a lovely day for drinking and for watching people fry!” The Royal Opera … Continue reading

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