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

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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

NEWS: Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale to Return to the Royal Opera House

This February Christopher Wheeldon’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s play will return to the Royal Opera House.  The three act ballet based o Shakespeare’s play originally premiered at the Royal Opera House in 2014 and has since been staged  in Toronto, New York and Brisbane. It has also been nominated for  an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance,… Read More

Review Round Up: Rigoletto, Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is currently reviving David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s opera. In case you missed, here’s what critics thought… Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the… Read More

Review Round Up: Semiramide, Royal Opera House

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for David Alden’s new production of Rossini’s opera, playing at the Royal Opera House until the 16th December.  The Stage: *** “in the title role Joyce DiDonato melds notes and drama together in a performance of extraordinary virtuosity and expressive mastery.” The Independent: **** “That this show should… Read More