Fernando Herrera

Fernando Herrera is a London-based engineer who discovered opera through his grandmother’s piano reduction scores and cheap CDs bought at newsstands. When he moved to Madrid he became a regular at Teatro Real using the “under 26” ticket scheme. Now he is trying to catch up with the busy musical life of London.

I will remember you I will remember you

Only time can tell if some performances enter the collective opera memory, if such a thing even exists, as “historical”

on January 25, 2022 at 10:24 AM
Charisma and chemistry Charisma and chemistry

For this revival of Tosca Teatro Real has configured several casts with some of the best singers in the world: Sondra Radvanovsky, Maria Agresta, Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Michael Fabiano, Yusif Eyvazov, Jonas Kaufmann, Carlos Álvarez, Gevorg Hakobyan and Luca Salsi.

on July 29, 2021 at 2:46 PM
Can we still be friends? Can we still be friends?

As soon as James Clutton, the new Opera Holland Park director, stepped on stage to welcome the audience, we all knew that we were not at the typical English summer opera festival.

on July 26, 2021 at 12:32 PM
A ‘Barbiere’ of quality A ‘Barbiere’ of quality

What a joy when a comic opera gets you cackling through the whole night, discovering new nuances and perspectives from an oft-seen work and delighted with wonderful singing!

on October 05, 2020 at 1:22 PM
Outsider art Outsider art

Rigoletto at Circo Massimo was my first opera since the lockdown started in March.

on July 23, 2020 at 11:03 AM
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on August 21, 2018 at 12:27 AM
Summer night Summer night

The dream cast put together for this second revival of Kasper Holten’s Don Giovanni production shines at the Royal Opera House.

on July 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Boys of the baroque Boys of the baroque

In less than 10 days two outstanding countertenors, Franco Fagioli and Jakub Józef Orlinski, visited London.

on June 16, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Lovely and never violent Lovely and never violent

There was a lot expectation about the new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp. Their previous collaboration, Written on Skin, was an enormous critical and public success,  earning the work a place in the exclusive club of 21th century classics with selected works by Saariaho, Heggie and Birtwistle. 

on May 17, 2018 at 10:46 PM
Lady first Lady first

This revival of Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 Macbeth production was probably the most anticipated event of the Royal Opera House 2017/2018 season, due mostly to Anna Netrebko’s return to Covent Garden after a three-year absence.

on April 08, 2018 at 7:53 PM
Girl, next door Girl, next door

Writing an opera for kids based on Neil Gaiman‘s successful children’s novel Coraline must have been a double challenge for Rory Mullarkey and Mark-Anthony Turnage

on April 06, 2018 at 2:35 PM
The kink’s English The kink’s English

A new production of La traviata by Daniel Kramer, the current artistic director of ENO, brings fresh ideas to the classic drama.

on March 31, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Garden variety Garden variety

Amadigi di Gaula performed the Opera Settecento orchestra last Saturday night at St. George—Handel’s own parish church—fit perfectly into the venue.

on March 30, 2018 at 3:01 PM