UK Opera

Bloch To Blockchain, Finzi To FinTech - Changing Career Midlife

Caroline Page | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Tech
Caroline Page

The big lesson for me has been that as soon as we start to think laterally about how our skills can be redeployed in other areas of business, then a whole new world of opportunity opens up. The challenge then becomes less about re-training, and more about making that initial jump.

Visiting Verona

Tom Dale | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Dale

My father-in-law is a devout opera fan so, when we were thinking of 70th birthday presents, a long weekend in Verona floated to the top of the list. The ancient city's association with the arts draws visitors in droves, most of whom come to see the legendary Juliet House, complete with that very balcony from which she famously called to her lover, Romeo.

Brexit, the Opera

Angus Walker | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics
Angus Walker

Under stormy skies, in an ancient arena, built when Europe was ruled by Rome and when fears of a modern EU empire were centuries away from newspaper front pages, a tale of conflict, conquest and torn loyalties is being played out.

Opera Review: The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne Summer Festival

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Glyndebourne is one of the most important worldwide Opera festivals during the summer. It brings the best of British with a mix of exceptional talent, originality, sophistication and above all sheer enjoyment.

Opera Booed On Opening Night Over 'Gratuitous' Rape Scene

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK

The Royal Opera House has apologised to an audience after its newest offering was booed on opening night for a “gratuitous” rape scene. The pro...

Someone Set An Opera Inside The Large Hadron Collider

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Tech

It's difficult enough explaining the beginning of the universe using words, now imagine trying to do it through the mediums of music and dance. We...

Mind Your Grammar

Michael Volpe | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Michael Volpe

I am aware that exams and qualifications are the currency of success these days; it is how it is. But that is the easy path is it not? We can coach, we can cram, we can meet the bright but reluctant working class scholar half-way by softening the questions. Then we can celebrate.

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 Latest Wagner's Production by the ENO: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Originally created for Welsh National Opera in 2010, Richard Jones's spectacular staging of Mastersingers comes to London for the first time. Jones provides a rather amusing retelling of Wagner's drama about the 16th-century guild of amateur poets and musicians called The Mastersingers.

Madame Butterfly: The Czechs and Balances Of a Night at the Opera

Jason Holmes | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Art costs wherever you go, yes, but a box costing £40 (CZK1,370) here in Prague at the State Opera House to watch Madame Butterfly compared to a ticket which costs roughly four times as much at Covent Garden's opera citadel here in London, has one asking the question: why the disparity in price?

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...

Jewish Groups In Emotional Protest Outside New York Opera

AP/Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the ...

Messy Science, and Why Everyone Benefits From Showing the Mess

Anais Rassat | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Tech
Anais Rassat

If scientists entertain the myth that giant leaps are the everyday happening of science, science funders will expect extraordinary claims in return for funding, and everyone will be disappointed with that game.

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.

Pugs Can't Dance and Other Canine Confusions

Cat Henstridge | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Henstridge

I attend a weekly class at our local dancing school. The one with all the mummies in it trying to relive their youths and thinking they are cool. (We aren't, we know that, but we still have a lot of fun!) Anyway, this week the teacher was talking about her pet pugs and how if they were people they would make terrible dancers.

Glyndebourne: A Countryside Operatic Experience (Sheep Included)

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Glyndebourne is to opera what Glastonbury is to pop music. A summer festival that becomes an opportunity to experience the best in the classical music arena and to have a good time while having a picnic. The appreciation of the sheep is optional.

Hampton Court Palace Festival- Where Horticulture Meets Culture to Make for a Magical Musical Experience

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

The concert began at 8.30pm and was conducted by Conductor Ben Palmer, who shared wonderful anecdotes and stories about many of the pieces on the night and with his jovial, warm, engaging manner, the breathtakingly beautiful music was mesmerising.

Review: Peter Grimes at Grange Park Opera

Emma Sleight | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Sleight

After the fanfare that surrounded Benjamin Britten's 2013 centenary and the accolades David Alden's Peter Grimes generated in its ENO incarnation, transporting this sea-ravaged epic deep into the heartland of Hampshire's countryside for opening night of The Grange seemed a tall order.

Review: La Bohème - Opera North at The Lowry Salford 5/5

Collette Walsh | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Collette Walsh

As one of the oldest arts, opera has an air of magic but gravity too. But that doesn't mean it is for a stuffy, serious audience. Far from it and Phyllida Lloyd's production of La Bohème for Opera North is, if anything, wonderfully contemporary, punchy and oozing with youthful optimism, tragedy and of course, romance.

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 Technology Is Transforming Opera

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 16.06.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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.

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.