english national opera
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.
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'.
Where is the line between politics and a work of art? Does politics embed itself in art more than we realise? Is politics
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 is the oldest of all of these classical clubbing ventures and has the unique setting of the world famous
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.
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