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The Indian Queen: The Last and Most Profound Opera by Purcell at the ENO

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

When everybody is trying to understand today how Jihadi John made the transition from a shy nice kid to a cold merciless killer, music composer Purcell and playwriter John Dryden already attempted to grasp such a thorny issue in the late 1600s.

Puccini's Less Known Western Opera Opens at the ENO

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

The Girl of the Golden West, or La fanciulla del West, follows the lives of saloon-bar owner Minnie and a community of gold miners who are struggling to cope with the harsh realities of daily life in a bleak and unforgiving environment.

Xerxes: Handel's Baroque Opera With a Minimalist Presentation

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Almost 25 years later, it still remains its freshness and the same dilemmas we face today: intrigue, infidelity, disguise, jealousy and secret love are played out as the action centres on the rivalry between Xerxes and his brother Arsamenes for the love of the same woman, Romilda.

Thebans: Opera Premier of Sophocles' Three Tragedies. An Instant Classic.

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Every single element of this opera has been played to perfection and with exquisite sensitivity. It has become an instant classic.

How Do You Portray a Blow Job in Opera?

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Powder Her Face is an opera composed by Thomas Ades, with a libretto by Philip Hensher, based on the infamous Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll and the scandal her sexual exploits and subsequent divorce in the 1960s.

Is Peter Grimes the Best British Opera From the Last Two Centuries?

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Peter Grimes, which opened last Wednesday 29th of January, with just eight performances, explores they way a community reacts to the different, to the others, and it shows that not much has changed over the years.

Opera Review: Madam Butterfly, English National Opera

Victoria Sadler | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

To witness Anthony Minghella's Madam Butterfly is to witness the best visual theatrical production opera currently has to offer. I therefore welcome this revival at the London Coliseum with open arms.

Would You Kill Your Sons to Avenge Your Ex? Medea Did

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

If you think Tarantino is extreme, read any story about Greek Mythology. It makes him look like a schoolboy who wrote a fairy tale that went wrong. The Greeks did it better - and bloodier. Fathers devouring their sons, mothers murdering their loved sons just to avenge their ex-partner. There is no such thing as a happy ending in the ancient Greeks.

The Pilgrim's Progress - A 60 Year Wait Is Over.

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 06.01.2013 | Home
Lorenzo Belenguer

English National Opera's new production of Vaughan Williams's The Pilgrim's Progress highlights the company's commitment to celebrating great 20th century British opera. Yoshi Oïda's directorial debut with ENO marks the first full professional staging of Vaughan Williams's seminal work since its premiere at the 1951 Festival of Britain. The waiting is finally over.

Dr Dee: Astrology and Polyphony

Paul Hewitt | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Paul Hewitt

After last night's Dr Dee, a new opera created by Damon Albarn and director Rufus Norris at the English National Opera, I began thinking over my own, personal, verdict.

Olivier Success: Bravo ENO!

Paul Hewitt | Posted 16.06.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

At Sunday's Olivier Awards, the most prestigious awards in London theatre, the English National Opera came away with both opera awards. Winning both categories dedicated to Opera: Castor And Pollux won 'Best New Opera Production' and the ENO's breadth and diversity of the artistic programme won 'Outstanding Achievement in Opera'.

Thoughts on Present Discontents: II. Opera: Why So Serious?

Paul Hewitt | Posted 01.05.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

Where is the line between politics and a work of art? Does politics embed itself in art more than we realise? Is politics a stimulus for a piece of ar...

The Tales of Hoffman/ENO; La Boheme/Silent Opera - review

Paul Hewitt | Posted 15.04.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman is a strange opera - It is, basically, a giant anti-climax. Richard Jones' new production of the opera is fantastical yet uneven and given the Monty Python treatment; guided by Hoffman's muse we are taken to four worlds to meet the four women Hoffman has ever loved, one a reality and the others stories.

London Limelight/100 Club; Der Rosenkavalier/ENO; Dream Hunter/Wilton's Music Hall - Review

Paul Hewitt | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

London Limelight is the oldest of all of these classical clubbing ventures and has the unique setting of the world famous 100 Club in Soho: Quartets a...

Are the Operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan Still Relevant?

Paul Hewitt | Posted 20.02.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of WS Gilbert one half of the Victorian-era composer-librettist duo Gilbert and Sullivan and after Opera North's production of Ruddigore, only my second outing to a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, well, guess what? I've got a little list.

The Best of 2011: Classical Music and Opera

Paul Hewitt | Posted 18.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
Paul Hewitt

As 2011 comes to a close it's time to reflect on the year past and what a year: In Opera, it's been an exciting year. In no particular order: The Roy...