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How Technology Is Transforming Opera

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

As both a tool and a topic, technology wields great influence on the arts, and opera is no exception. Operas that engage with technology- as an innovative performance method, a subject to explore, or both - have the potential to attract young, wired audiences.

Meet Alfie Boe's Talented Older Brother - Michael

Jane Ireland | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jane Ireland

Together with Sean Ashmore, Michael runs North Star Opera, and they have recently released an album "A La Voix" and a charity single, "Softly As I Leave You" in aid of cancer charities.

How Do You Portray a Blow Job in Opera?

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 03.04.2014 | 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.

Manon, Royal Opera House - Opera Review

Victoria Sadler | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Massenet's most famous opera, a moralistic story of love versus materialism, should be full of wit, passion and drama but this production at the Royal Opera House, whilst enjoyable, could do with more innovation and creativity.

Opera Review: How the Whale Became, Royal Opera House

Victoria Sadler | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The main attraction is Tony Scutt's brilliantly inventive set. Set in God's allotment, his garden of creation, stacks of blue painted pallets are packed high with plants and sprouting garden plots scattered amongst them.

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.

Why the Genius of Opera Legend Wagner Is Deeply Cherished by the Chinese

Lady Linda Wong Davies | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lady Linda Wong Davies

When I was child my father, Dato Wong Kee Tat, a Chinese-Malaysian philanthropist, instilled in me a deep appreciation of classical music and my childhood and teenage years were steeped in the German canon of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and much opera by Rossini, Verdi and Puccini.

Opera Review: The Wasp Factory, Lindbury Studio Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Wasp Factory at the Royal Opera House is a dark psychological study of what is pretty disturbing source material anyway. The violence of Iain Bank's book is not carried through to this production but the dark gothic intensity of his story most definitely is.

Review: American Lulu, Young Vic Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

I never saw Viva Forever - the Spice Girls musical. That apparently may have been the worst show ever on a London stage but American Lulu must run it close.

Planet Appetite: Architecture, Music and Gastronomy in Vorarlberg, Austria

Rupert Parker | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Situated on the edge of Lake Constance, Vorarlberg is the most Western state in Austria and offers a fine mix of culture and nature - hike in the morning, listen to Schubert in the afternoon and relax with opera on Lake Constance, in the evening.

Das Rheingold Review

Neil Simpson | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Simpson

It felt like quite an epic day - London awoke to thundering clouds and went to bed as the child destined to be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror was born. Appropriately it also saw the opening of one of the greatest musical epics getting its first full play at the Proms.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World's 30th Anniversary

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

I've been eagerly anticipating the start of this year's 30th anniversary BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest, which has been firmly in my diary for the last 18 months. I've been following the months of preparation leading up to next week, to the extraordinary, challenging competition, which viewers and listeners around the world have the chance to see - and it represents the culmination of many, many months of musical preparation by each of the candidates. It's a world-wide event, a fantastic platform!

Dialogues Des Carmélites at Grange Park Opera, Hampshire

Belle Lupton | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Belle Lupton

An evening of visual austerity is rewarded with richness of sound. In a climate that continues to be cash-strapped for the arts, Poulenc's second o...

Opera Isn't Just for Toffs: Eugene Onegin at Grange Park Opera

Emma Sleight | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Emma Sleight

Think opera is solely for the upper echelons of society and still, even today, restricted by price and peerage? Well, to be fair, Grange Park Opera is about as blue-blooded and intoxicatingly glamorous as it gets, but that shouldn't stop anyone from going.

Are the Cheap Seats Worth It: 'La Donna del Lago' at the Royal Opera House

Emma Sleight | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Emma Sleight

I recently took a punt on a ridiculously cheap ticket to see the now sold out La Donna del Lago at the Royal Opera House, secure in the knowledge that if the sound quality was crap then at least I could easily call the measly £8 I paid out a write-off and not a wasted expense.

Get in While Stocks Last: Ballo at the Kings Head Theatre

Belle Lupton | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Belle Lupton

It was a full house last night as an audience of everything from grey-topped opera lovers to opportunistic drinkers crammed into the tiny theatre at...

The Garden of Inspiration

Ana Tzarev | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

As a visual artist, I find great inspiration in the varied disciplines of creativity. When I was first introduced to the renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, my soul was electrified by her virtuosity and sensitivity.

Nazi-Themed Wagner Opera Cancelled After Holocaust Scenes Leave Audience Seeking Medical Help

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK

A modern version of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser has been cancelled after members of the opening night audience were left so distressed they had to s...

How Opera Saved My Soul

Ruth Lorenzo | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Lorenzo

Every night my mother would put us to bed to classical music, my younger brother would fall asleep instantly, but I was different and I couldn't sleep until the record was finished. I would secretly leave my room and stand in front of the mirror that was in the long corridor next to my room and I would dance and pretend I was Montserrat Caballé in La Traviata.

Opera For Beginners

Kate McAuley | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kate McAuley

Opera is not just for fuddy-duddies, elitists and snobs. Fact.

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.

Les Pretensions

Tom Harris | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Harris

In Les Miserables, two of the main characters just... well, die. No particular reason - it's just convenient to the plot. Something unnamed and mysterious. Ordained by God, perhaps. But fatal. And all this happens in the context of abject misery (Ah! Okay, now I get the reason it's called that...).

Gok's Opera Makeover

Michael Volpe | Posted 09.04.2013 | Home
Michael Volpe

Best known for his various television series, How to Look Good Naked, Gok's Fashion Fix, and more recently, Gok Cooks Chinese, fashion consultant Gok Wan hardly fits the cliché of the standard opera-lover.

To Boo or Not to Boo

Michael Volpe | Posted 08.04.2013 | Home
Michael Volpe

I always wonder why it is that audiences boo. Opera audiences can get extremely cross about interpretations of their favourite operas, especially the classics. I'm more concerned with the need, the irresistible urge even, to be outraged by a director's interpretation and to give voice to that frustration.