Review Round Up: La Forza Del Destino, Royal Opera House

Christof Loy directs this production of Verdi’s opera at the Royal Opera House. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews… The Guardian: **** “The tone sometimes falters, and the transformation of the army camp scenes into a surreal revue, reminiscent of Oh, What a Lovely War, sits at times uneasily with the score. Ultimately,… Read More

Review Round Up: The Queen of Spades, Royal Opera House

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Stefan Herheim’s production. Culture Whisper: **** “Director Herheim thinks big, and scores more hits than misses with his torrent of ideas.” The Stage: ** “Most of what intermittent dramatic tension or emotional engagement the evening has to offer comes from the pit, where conductor Antonio Pappano and the orchestra whip up the storm signally lacking on stage.”… Read More

Review Round Up: Macbeth, Royal Opera House

Phyllida Lloyd directs Verdi’s opera with a cast including Anna Netrebko and Anna Pirozzi, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo. Here’s what critics have had to say about the production…. The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a… Read More

Review Round Up: La Bohème, Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera house presents a brand new production of Puccini’s opera directed by Richard Jones – here’s Love London Love Culture’s round up of the reviews…  When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. The… Read More

Review Round Up: Otello, Royal Opera House

Jonas Kaufmann makes his debut in the title role in Keith Warner’s new production of Verdi’s opera. But does the production impress the critics?  The Guardian: *** “Antonio Pappano drives the score hard, without attaining anything like the cogency he achieved in 2012, in the final revival of the previous production. The choral singing is… Read More

NEWS: Royal Opera to Present New Production of Norma to Open 2016/2017 Season

The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden will present Àlex Ollé’s new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, with performances from the 12th September until the 8th October.  This new production will be conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House and will star Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role of Norma for  and… Read More

Review Round Up…Werther, Royal Opera House

Benoît Jacquot’s production of Massenet’s opera arrives at the Royal Opera House, starring Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigòlo. but what have critics been saying about it?  The Guardian: **** George Hall said: “Antonio Pappano and the ROH orchestra outshine the drama in this atmospheric revival of Benoît Jacquot’s 2004 production.” The Financial Times: ****Richard Fairman wrote: “Who… Read More

The Royal Opera House Announces 2016/2017 Season

The news of the season ahead comes as it is announced that Antonio Pappano has renewed his contract as Music Director of the Royal Opera House until 2020.  This new season at the Royal Opera House will see Antonio Pappano return to the Italian repertoire with a new production of Bellini’s Norma, last seen in… Read More

Review Roundup… Boris Godunov @Royal Opera House

Bryn Terfel takes on the title role in this new production directed by Richard Jones – but how have the critics reacted to it?  Evening Standard:**** Barry Millington found the new production: “a rivetingly powerful production.” The Guardian: ****Andrew Clements wrote that: “in this notoriously unfocused masterpiece Jones still manages to sustain the dramatic thread… Read More

PREVIEW: Boris Godunov, Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is preparing to set the stage for a brand new production of Modest Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov , performing at the venue from the 14th March.  The production will be directed by Richard Jones and presented in its original 1869 version. It will star Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role, conducted… Read More