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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, contrasting the opulent party scenes with a stark setting of the country house, echoing Violetta emotional journey. Oddities related to the translation and an unbalanced cast, though,  prevent the show from achieving complete success.  Read more »

Medium cool

A riddle, inside a mystery, wrapped in cashmere.

It’s a common criticism of Manon Lescaut , whether in the hands of Massenet or Puccini, that it’s hard to feel a lot of sympathy for the heroine in the light of her actions. How much harder, then, is the task Nico Muhly has set himself in presenting Winston Graham’s elusive heroine Marnie (and this is very definitely an adaptation of Graham,not Hitchcock) on the operatic stage?  Read more »

Ed ora come faccio?… Così!

In another one of those ideas that might go brilliant or bonehead, “English National Opera is staging a modern-day version of La bohème in which the lead female character is a heroin user rather than a consumptive.” (Though of course, in reality the situation is hardly either/or.)

Feel the early morning madness

Glenn Close‘s Norma Desmond is back.”

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“My work is done”

John Berry, artistic director of the English National Opera, has announced he intends to step down from his role after 20 years with the Company.

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Talking headspace

Our Own JJ (pictured) joins in the debate over the Düsseldorf Tannhäuser with Anne Midgette and John Berry.

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“Where was Liam Joshua?”

Anyone looking for orgiastic obscenity in Calixto Bieito‘s production of Carmen at the London Coliseum, will be bitterly disappointed, writes Rupert Christiansen.

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Provocative ad provokes, surprisingly

But not everyone is amused.

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