Review Round Up: Così Fan Tutte, Royal Opera House

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for the Royal Opera House’s production of Così Fan Tutte. The Stage: *** “Making his Royal Opera debut is conductor Stefano Montanari, who leaves a mixed impression. There’s some showing off in his undeniably witty fortepiano continuo contributions, and he’s often too fast for the singers, occasionally… Read More

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Love London Love Culture’s Picks of the Week: Sunday 20th January

Here’s a few reads that have been proving popular on Love London  Love Culture this week…  The Marvelous Wonderettes is heading to London: the Off-Broadway musical is set to make its European and UK premiere at Upstairs at the Gatehouse this spring. Review of The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre: this week saw LLLC paying a visit to the Arcola Theatre to catch Jack Gamble’s production which is “striking and powerful” in every possible way. Review of Anomaly at the Old Red Lion Theatre: still proving of immense interest to… 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: Simon Boccanegra, Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is currently reviving Elijah Moshinsky’s production of Verdi’s tragedy. Here’s what critics have been saying about it…  The Guardian: **** “Singing with burnished warmth of tone and an impeccable sense of line, Álvarez is entirely convincing both as the private man and the public figure, carefully contrasting the impulsive sensualist of… Read More

Review Round Up: Mayerling, Royal Opera House

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for this revival of Kenneth MacMillan’s dark ballet, now playing at the Royal Opera House.  The Guardian: *** “If the lack of chemistry between the two leads was disappointing, the production as a whole is splendid. Nicholas Georgiadis’s brooding designs perfectly convey the claustrophobia and stifling protocol of… Read More

NEWS: The Royal Ballet’s New Production of Swan Lake to Premiere at Royal Opera House

It has been confirmed that the Royal Ballet will present a new production of Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House from the 17th May.  Featuring staging and additional choreography by the Royal Opera House’s Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hare, has worked closely with Scarlett on restaging this much-loved classic. The new… 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

NEWS: The Royal Opera House Confirm Details of 2018/19 Season

Details of the Royal Opera House’s 2018/2019 season have been announced – including productions of  Das Rheingold, Simon Boccanegra and Hansel and Gretel.  The new season will open with Der Ring des Nibelungen which will run at the Royal Opera House from the 24th September until the 2nd November. Richard Wagner’s masterpieces will be conducted by Antonio Pappano and will see… Read More

Review Round Up: Carmen, Royal Opera House

Barrie Kosky directs this new production of  Bizet’s opera with Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews here:  The Guardian: *** “It’s a curious staging, shot through with flashes of brilliance, though by no means cohering into a musical or dramatic whole.” The Telegraph: *** “Love it… Read More

Review Round Up: Salome, Royal Opera House

Malin Byström stars in the title role of David McVicar’s production at the Royal Opera House. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews… The Guardian: **** “Malin Byström was masterful. Making bold use of her voice’s many colours – exhaling and snarling as much as singing – she was almost under-powered at times, only… Read More