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Roger Paterson as Ralph and Becca Marriott as Mimi, Scott Rylander

La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini, in a new english version by Adam’s Spreadbury-Maher and Becca Marriott (King's Head Theatre at Trafalgar Studios 2).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Horatio (Gavan Ring), Gravedigger (Brian Bannatyne-Scott) and Hamlet (David Butt Philip), Richard Hubert Smith


Composer: Brett Dean; libretto by Matthew Jocelyn (Glyndebourne at The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth).
Reviewer: Karen Bussell

John Savournin as Lord Conniving, William Knight

King Tut - A Pyramid Panto

Script by John Savournin, lyrics and musical arrangements by David Eaton (Charles Court Opera at King's Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Quirijn de Lang as Sam, Charlie Southby as Junior and Wallis Giunta as Dinah
, Alastair Muir

Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury

Trouble: Leonard Bernstein (words and music); Trial: Arthur Sullivan (music), William Schwenck Gilbert (libretto) (Opera North at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

(clockwise from left) Quirijn de Lang as Grandfather Clock, John Graham-Hall as Tea Pot, Katie Bray as Louis XV Chair, John Savournin as the Armchair, Ann Taylor as the Mother, Wallis Giunta as the Child and Fflur Wyn as Fire, Tristram Kenton

L'Enfant et les Sortilèges; Osud

L'Enfant: ravel (music), Colette (libretto); Osud: Janáček (music), Fedora Bartosova (libretto) (Opera North at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Richard Burkhard as Tonio and Peter Auty as Canio, Tristram Kenton

Pagliacci; Cavalleria Rusticana

Pagliacci: Ruggero Leoncavallo (music and libretto), Cavalleria Rusticana: Pietro Mascagni (music); G Targioni-Tozzetti and G Menasci (libretto) (Opera North at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Richard Burkhard (Tonio) and Peter Auty (Canio), Tristram Kenton

Pagliacci / Cavalleria Rusticana

Ruggero Leoncavallo / Pietro Mascagni & Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci (Opera North at Theatre Royal, Newcastle).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan


Handel (English National Opera at The Coliseum).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo) and Nicole Car (Mimì), Catherine Ashmore, ROH

La Bohème

Puccini (Royal Opera House at Regal cinema, Evesham, and other venues).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Tatania (Natalya Romaniw) watched by the now jealous Onegin (Nicholas Lester), Betina Skovbro, WNO

Eugene Onegin

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

The WNO chorus in Khovanshchina, Clive Barda, WNO


Modest Musorgsky (Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Hansel and Gretel, Robert Workman

Hansel and Gretel

Humperdinck (Popup Opera at Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

The Magic Flute, Andreas Grieger

The Magic Flute

Mozart (OperaUpClose at Soho Theatre).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Timothy Connor as Pulcino and Charlotte Hoather as Uccellina, James Glossop


Composed by Lliam Paterson (Manchester International Festival, Scottish Opera and Improbable at The Grafton Centre, Hyde).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Sarah Minns, Christopher Tribble

La Voix Humaine

Poulenc (OperaUpClose at Kings Place).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Die Walküre, Robert Workman

Die Walküre

Richard Wagner (Grange Park Opera at The Theatre in the Woods, West Horsley Place).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Iago and his puppet, Otello, Catherine Ashmore, ROH


Giuseppe Verdi (Royal Opera House at Regal cinema, Evesham and other venues).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Temporary release for the prisoners, Matthew Williams-Ellis, LFO


Beethoven (Longborough Festival Opera at Longborough, Gloucestershire).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Opera news

Full Ring cycle announced for Longborough

Longborough Festival Opera has announced plans to develop a new Wagner’s Ring cycle, starting in 2019 and culminating in the full cycle in 2023.

Steve Orme, 18 November 2017

Opera comes to the Lakes

English Touring Opera will perform a new production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) at Theatre by the Lake in two parts.

David Chadderton, 12 November 2017

Opera North Youth Company performs at Buxton

Opera North Youth Company will head to Buxton Fringe to perform Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow, a musical version of Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales.

Steve Orme, 11 July 2017