Features Index


Toby Spence


Toby Spence doesn’t look like an opera star. Athletically built, with spiky blond hair, he actually looks more like a surfer (which he is, incidentally,...

Opera North 2007/8 Season


Opera North’s new season is dominated by adaptations of Shakespeare, with no fewer than five productions of operas based on the bard. Bellini’s I Capuleti...

The Boatswain’s Mate by Ethel Smyth


The thought of a long-forgotten opera playing in a pub theatre in Earl’s Court may send you screaming for the hills, or it may intrigue...

Royal Opera acquires Opus Arte


In a surprise move, The Royal Opera has just announced the takeover of DVD producer/ distributor Opus Arte. The label, which has a reputation for...

Katherine Broderick


Soprano Katherine Broderick is still coming down from the most amazing week of her life, winning both the Kathleen Ferrier Award and Guildhall’s prestigious Gold...


Preview: BBC Proms 2007


Nicholas Kenyon was in bullish mood as he announced the details of the Proms, season 113. As well he might be, for though he leaves...

Royal Opera 2007/2008 Season


So the Royal Opera’s new season is announced, and what a treat it looks to be. Even the seemingly obligatory revivals are bolstered by attractive...


Chorus Lines by Raymund Dring


Raymund Dring was a member of English National Opera’s chorus for nearly 30 years and in Chorus Lines he chronicles his eventful working life with...

Obituary: Mstislav Rostropovich, 1927-2007


“The significance of Mstislav Rostropovich’s work spreads far beyond his playing of the cello; this versatile and ever-inspiring musician is a great and deep man,...

Elijah Moshinsky


Audiences currently attending The Royal Opera’s Stiffelio are being presented with a naturalistic interpretation of Verdi’s opera with no conceptual excesses. The production is the...

Gerald Finley


Slightly late for our meeting, Gerald Finley found himself winding through the labyrinthine corridors in the depths of the Royal Opera House. He says it...

English National Opera: The Future


If the creative team at English National Opera is putting an optimistic gloss on the company’s potential problems, they have plenty new to boast about....




Philip Langridge


Philip Langridge is one of the UK’s most respected tenors, with over 40 years experience on the opera stage, in the concert hall and recording...


Royal Festival Hall Re-opening


The Royal Festival Hall is finally back, and with a programme packed to bursting with great orchestras, conductors and soloists.Opening night is 11 June, with...