Features Index

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Melanie Eskenazi

This major exhibition, opening on September 30th, is the first to explore Opera on a grand scale – and what a scale it is, with…



Interview: Jac van Steen


Garsington Opera will present Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande on June 16th, with six further performances. The Philharmonia Orchestra will be conducted by Jac van Steen;...

Preview: Barbican Hall 2017-18


The Barbican’s multi-arts 2017-18 season is entitled ‘The Art of Change’. It is a response to last year’s Brexit vote, and the UK’s seeming shift...

Preview: West Green House Opera 2017


Situated near Winchfield, West Green House Opera is a wonderful enigma. Small by the standards of many summer opera venues, there is actually much to...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2017


Glyndebourne, Garsington and the various Granges are hardly major treks from the capital, but in terms of accessible summer opera for the average Londoner nothing...

Preview: Royal Opera 2017


Oliver Mears’ first season and Antonio Pappano’s sixteenth at the Royal Opera House looks like a safe mixture of the new and not so new,...

Preview: Garsington Opera 2017


Booking opens today for the extended 2017 season at Garsington Opera at Wormsley, and if you haven’t yet experienced this idyllic place and its always-...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2017


Longborough Festival Opera occupies a special place in the summer opera calendar. Nestled in the Gloucestershire Countryside, with glorious views over the Cotswolds, it is...

Preview: Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2017


Public booking opens on Sunday for the 2017 Festival, with three new offerings this year, plus three revivals of past successes. The major draws are...

Preview: Glyndebourne Tour 2016


The 2016 Glyndebourne Tour starts in just two weeks’ time, beginning with a new production of Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne itself on October 14th. The...

Roundup: BBC Proms 2016


Every year when the Proms schedule is released in April there seem to be cries of excitement and expressions of disappointment in almost equal measure....

Interview: Caitlin Hulcup


The Australian mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup has been making quite a name for herself in some of the most prestigious opera houses around the world, and...

Preview: West Green House Opera 2016


Although West Green House Opera is now in its seventeenth season, it still feels like a new discovery. No matter how often one visits, it...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2016


With Martin and Lizzie Graham’s 500-seater opera house standing in the Gloucestershire Countryside, Longborough Festival Opera is well known for providing high quality productions in...

Preview: BBC Proms 2016


With the return of Haydn, Wagner and Bruckner, the retention of Beethoven and Mahler, a healthy dose of opera and some notable innovations concerning performance...

Preview: Royal Opera House 2016-17


You can’t please everyone, and as usual the new season announcement brought its mixture of pleasure and pain; the former came from the retention of...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2016


While one of the joys of going to see a summer opera at Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Park or West Green House is the act of...

Obituary: Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016)


“He’s either quite brilliant or mad” Thus said Violet Carson in 1950 of the young Peter Maxwell Davies, following his submission of an early composition...

Interview: David Bruce


On February 25th, Glyndebourne Opera stages the premiere of Nothing, a new opera by David Bruce, the composer of The Firework Maker’s Daughter. It’s based...

Preview: Southbank Centre puts youth and the future at the heart of the 2016/17 season


The Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly, declares that “everyone should have access to classical music,” and the centre’s commitment to this is shown by...

Spotlight: All change at The Grange


For lovers of ‘country house opera’ there have been few more eagerly anticipated experiences than that offered by Grange Park Opera: wobbling down that rutted,...