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BWW Review: THE BARTERED BRIDE, Garsington Opera Photo BWW Review: THE BARTERED BRIDE, Garsington Opera
by Alexandra Coghlan - May 30, 2019

We haven't seen a lot of Smetana's The Bartered Bride in the UK recently. Bohemia's best-loved opera is rapidly becoming one of the repertoire's best-kept secrets, which is a shame because it's an enchanting comedy, whose colourful, folk-filled score might be propelled by exotic polka rhythms, but w...
BWW Review: BILLY BUDD, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: BILLY BUDD, Royal Opera House
by Sophia Lambton - April 30, 2019

In a minimalist setting, Benjamin Britten's 20th-century reflections on Herman Melville's novel are deftly captured musically and visually....
BWW Review: KATHLEEN FERRIER AWARDS 2019 FINAL, Wigmore Hall Photo BWW Review: KATHLEEN FERRIER AWARDS 2019 FINAL, Wigmore Hall
by Sophia Lambton - April 28, 2019

Stupendous singing from a group of students battled old professionals who didn't dare reward risks....
BWW Review: SS MENDI: DANCING THE DEATH DRILL, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: SS MENDI: DANCING THE DEATH DRILL, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
by Gary Naylor - April 23, 2019

Isango Ensemble's SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill is a sad lament for needlessly lost lives and a celebration of the cultures from which the men had sprung. And it's ever so emotional....
Roberto Alagna Marks His 100th Royal Opera Performance with ANDREA CHENIER Photo Roberto Alagna Marks His 100th Royal Opera Performance with ANDREA CHENIER
by BWW News Desk - April 18, 2019

French-Sicilian tenor Roberto Alagna returns to Covent Garden for his 100th Royal Opera performance, singing the eponymous hero in Giordano's Andrea Chenier in the first revival of David McVicar's spectacular 2015 production....
BWW Review: A MAN OF GOOD HOPE, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: A MAN OF GOOD HOPE, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
by Gary Naylor - April 18, 2019

Isango Ensemble bring their unique storytelling skills to show us the life of a Somali boy, alone and running away to a place that barely differs from the hell he leaves behind....
BWW Review: FAUST, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: FAUST, Royal Opera House
by Fraser MacDonald - April 12, 2019

Bruno Ravella sparks new magic into David McVicar's production, refreshing the feel of the piece whilst ensuring its original spark is retained. Although the fifth revival of McVicar's take on the classic, Ravella ensures that the original text is delivered to ensure the story is allowed to speak fo...
Alex Jennings Joins The Cast of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Photo Alex Jennings Joins The Cast of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA
by BWW News Desk - April 04, 2019

Scenario Two have announced that three-time Olivier Award winner and current BAFTA nominee, Alex Jennings (My Fair Lady, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The Queen, Bridget Jones: The Edge, Babel, The Lady in the Van and most recently the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Crown and Unforgott...
BWW Review: GALA EVENING WITH JUAN DIEGO FLOREZ, Royal Festival Hall Photo BWW Review: GALA EVENING WITH JUAN DIEGO FLOREZ, Royal Festival Hall
by Sophia Lambton - March 30, 2019

Juan Diego Flórez gave an orchestral recital which failed to display his superlative assets....
BWW Review: BERENICE, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: BERENICE, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
by Gary Naylor - March 28, 2019

Berenice is something of a forgotten delight, its tortuous plotting more than offset by its splendid arias and delightful characters, with plenty of contemporary resonance on hand if you need it....
Photo Flash: First Look at Royal Opera and London Handel Festival's BERENICE Photo Photo Flash: First Look at Royal Opera and London Handel Festival's BERENICE
by BWW News Desk - March 28, 2019

Handel's Berenice returns to Covent Garden in a new co-production by The Royal Opera and London Handel Festival, nearly 282 years after its 1737 premiere at the Covent Garden Theatre, a forerunner to the Royal Opera House. Staged in the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre, the West's End's newest an...
BWW Review: LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Royal Opera House
by Flora Seymour - March 22, 2019

Not since a memorable La traviata in 2008 have superstars Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann appeared together at the Royal Opera House. Small wonder, then, that their pairing as fate-thwarted lovers Leonora and Don Alvaro in Verdi's sprawling tragedy La Forza del Destino sent the Royal Opera House bo...
Deborah Warner's BILLY BUDD Arrives At The Royal Opera House Photo Deborah Warner's BILLY BUDD Arrives At The Royal Opera House
by BWW News Desk - March 14, 2019

The Royal Opera presents a new production of Britten's Billy Budd, nearly 70 years after its Covent Garden premiere in 1951, and almost two decades since the Company's last performances of the work. Acclaimed British director Deborah Warner returns to The Royal Opera for the first time since directi...
Review Roundup: See What Critics Said of English National Opera's THE MERRY WIDOW Photo Review Roundup: See What Critics Said of English National Opera's THE MERRY WIDOW
by Review Roundups - March 06, 2019

At the Embassy Ball, wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, leads her society suitors on a merry dance. But how will she win Danilo who counts her riches worthless? Let's see what the critics had to say....
BWW Review: COSI FAN TUTTE, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: COSI FAN TUTTE, Royal Opera House
by Gary Naylor - February 26, 2019

The Royal Opera House revives its 2016 Cosi with all the mischievous wit and splendid music of Mozart and Da Ponte - but also lets us in on the game within the game - and the price that's paid...
BWW Interview: Julia Burbach Talks COSI FAN TUTTE at the Royal Opera House Photo BWW Interview: Julia Burbach Talks COSI FAN TUTTE at the Royal Opera House
by Gary Naylor - February 21, 2019

Julia Burbach talks to BroadwayWorld UK about her role as Revival Director of the ROH's Cosi Fan Tutte and about her work as an opera director....
BWW Review: ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE IN CONCERT, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE IN CONCERT, Royal Opera House
by Sophia Lambton - February 09, 2019

This evening of contrasting sentimental works was far too fiery to resound with echoes of the (Russian) soul....
BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA, Royal Opera House
by Sophia Lambton - January 15, 2019

A quarter of a century after its premiere, the long-running production is still worth a shot....
BWW Review: THE QUEEN OF SPADES, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: THE QUEEN OF SPADES, Royal Opera House
by Sophia Lambton - January 14, 2019

The Royal Opera's new production sidelines the opera in favour of meaningless chaos....
The Royal Opera House Announces 2019 Lineup Photo The Royal Opera House Announces 2019 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - December 19, 2018

The Royal Opera House presents a host of world premieres and debuts across ballet and opera in 2019, alongside a diverse range of free and ticketed Front of House events for all ages. 2019 also sees the first performances by The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera in the newly refurbished Linbury Theat...
BWW Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL, Royal Opera House
by Sophia Lambton - December 14, 2018

The spectacle is a hunger-inducing delight for the eyes....
BWW Review: CARMEN, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: CARMEN, Royal Opera House
by Sophia Lambton - December 01, 2018

Barrie Kosky's unmusical revival loses more steam on its second outing....
BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA, Bristol Hippodrome Photo BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA, Bristol Hippodrome
by Leah Tozer - October 28, 2018

The music is magical, with all its coloratura, patter, and character from the principals, male chorus, and orchestra magnificently managed by Tomaš Hanus, but there's still some magic amiss in this staging from Welsh National Opera....
BWW Review: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, London Coliseum Photo BWW Review: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, London Coliseum
by Gary Naylor - October 26, 2018

Tragedy raw in tooth and claw in this revival of the ENO's 2008 production of Lucia di Lammermoor....
BWW Review: VERDI'S REQUIEM, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: VERDI'S REQUIEM, Royal Opera House
by Sophia Lambton - October 24, 2018

Antonio Pappano's conducting of the work evoked gloom but didn't approach closely enough the more sinister subject of death....