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.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary: The Best of Talent in Music, Opera and Dance

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, being the other Mary the composer's mother and other social activist women, composed by John Adams and current...

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.

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.

Collective Efforts

Michael Volpe | Posted 25.03.2013 | Home
Michael Volpe

A few weeks ago I wrote about how the success of a company is founded on everybody who is engaged with delivering its product, the rewards and praise ...

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.