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Opera Holland Park Festival 2024 Review: Tosca


(Photo credit: Ali Wright) Whatever your views on Puccini, “Tosca” always draws a crowd. In a UK opera landscape mired by cuts and ever-tightening budgets, it is reassuring to see an opera festival that continues to stand on its own two feet, irrespective of Arts Council funding (or perhaps more accurately lack thereof). A full house then, as it was {…}


West Green House Opera Announces 2024 Season


The West Green House Opera has announced its 2024 season. John Andrews conducts special guest soloists Soraya Mafi and Nicky Spence for an opera gala. Performance Date: July 19, 2024 Richard Studer directs Verdi’s “Falstaff” with Jonathan Lyness conducting. The cast includes Simon Thorpe, John-Kristof Bouton, Galina Averina, Carolyn Dobbin, Trystan Llyr Griffiths, and Lorena Paz Nieto. Performance Dates: July 20 & 21, 2024 “Oz & {…}


Opera Holland Park Announces 2024 Season


Opera Holland Park has announced its 2024 season featuring two Puccini operas celebrating the centenary of the composer’s death. Puccini’s “Tosca” will be revived from a 2008 OHP production. Matthew Kofi Waldren conducts a cast that includes Amanda Echalaz, José de Eça, Edwin Kaye, and Jack Holton. Performance Dates: May 28-June 22, 2024 A new production of Rossini’s “The Barber {…}


Chelsea Opera Group to Present ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’


U.K.’s Chelsea Opera Group has announced its 2023-24 season. First up is “Un Ballo in Maschera.” The opera stars Marius Vlad, Phillip Rhodes, Nadine Benjaming MBE, Alison Langer, Maria Schellenberg, Arthur Bruce, Thomas D. Hopkinson, Jack Holton, Magnus Walker, and John Vallance. Anthony Negus conducts. Performance Date: Oct. 22, 2023 There will be a currently unnamed opera. Gianluca Marcianò conducts. Performance {…}


Olga Pudova, Kayleigh Decker, Jacquelina Livieri, Roderick Williams Headline Welsh National Opera 2023-24 Season


The Welsh National Opera has unveiled its 2023-24 season. First up is Golijov’s “Ainadamar.” Directed by Deborah Colker and conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren, the opera will star Jaquelina Livieri, Julieth Lozano, and Alfredo Tejada. Performance Dates: Sept. 9 – Nov. 22, 2023  Olga Pudova will headline “La Traviata” in a production by David McVicar (Sarah Crisp will be the {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Welsh National Opera 2021-22 Review: Migrations


Despite consecutive days of rain, on a cloudy and grayish evening of June 29, 2022, Welsh National Opera staged the premiere of Will Todd’s mammoth production “Migrations,” a highly intricate and imbricated work of six narratives conjoined by a singular theme. Judging by the size of the crowd, this opera’s importance was understood by those who attended and the global {…}


Adam Smith, Danielle de Niese, John Relyea &  Sean Panikkar Lead English National Opera’s 2022-23 Season


The English National Opera has announced its 2022-23 season featuring eight productions and seven operas. Leo Hussain conducts Puccini’s “Tosca” in a new production by Christof Loy. The cast will include Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, Adam Smith, and Noel Bouley. Performance Dates: Sept. 30–Nov. 4 2022 Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Yeomen of the Guard” will include Anthony Gregory, Neal Davies, Alexandra Oomens, Heather {…}


Alice Coote, Elizabeth Llewellyn & Anna Denisova Lead Opera North’s 2022-23 Season


Opera North has announced its 2022-23 season with eight productions. The season opens with Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Anna Denisova, Nico Darmanin, Oliver Johnston, Stephen Gadd, and Damiano Salerno. Jonathan Webb and Manoj Kamps conduct the production by Alessandro Talevi. Performance Dates: Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 2022 “Orpheus After Monteverdi” is set to star Kezia Bienek, Jasdeep Singh Degun, Amy Freston, Ustad Shahbaz Hussain, Supriya {…}


Nicky Spence, Anush Hovhannisyan & Emma Bell Lead Welsh National Opera’s 2022-23 Season


The Welsh National Opera has announced its 2022-23 season which will be divided into fall and spring seasons. Autumn 2022 The season opens with a new production of Janáček’s “The Makropulos Affair” starring Emma Bell as Emilia Marty. The opera will also star Nicky Spence, Gustáv Beláček, Mark Le Brocq, Harriet Eyley, David Stout, Alexander Sprague, and Alan Oke. Tomas {…}