Royal College of Music: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is an opera journey about two lovers and their mystical struggle to be together with numerous fantasia-esque characters who help them, while others obstruct them, on their way. The opera’s significance is not simply due to its mysticism or status as Mozart’s penultimate operatic work but because of its stunning and uniquely written … More Royal College of Music: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Clapham Opera Festival 2014: Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

The idea of Clapham Opera Festival started in Marie Soulier’s living room where she invited a soprano and pianist to perform in front of 30 people. After 16 ‘house gigs’ Soulier introduced the festival last year to promote young opera talent and opera to wider audiences including curious opera newbies and children. Off the back … More Clapham Opera Festival 2014: Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

Review of Opera Danube’s Die Fledermaus at St. Johns Smith Square

The overture of Die Fledermaus is a splendid treat that is often played in any party that involves champagne and lavish festivities yet this comedy opera composed by Johann Strauss II in 1876, also represents the golden age of Viennese music: it is a promising opera that encompasses ideal attributes of the finest Viennese banquet. Opera Danube’s production … More Review of Opera Danube’s Die Fledermaus at St. Johns Smith Square

Anna Nicole, The Opera : £1 student tickets at the Royal Opera House

Based on the real-life American star, Anna Nicole Smith, the opera is a tale of a working class single mother who climbs the celebrity ladder. After becoming a dancer and playboy model she meets her 89-year-old millionaire husband. Anna Nicole, the opera, depicts a desperate life of rags to riches: undergoing a legal battle over her … More Anna Nicole, The Opera : £1 student tickets at the Royal Opera House

The London Gay Symphony Orchestra (LGSO) celebrates its 18th anniversary on Pride weekend

Last Sunday, another special celebration was added to the Gay Pride weekend. The London Gay Symphony Orchestra (LGSO) celebrated its 18th anniversary in the new-state-of-the-art Barbican Centre building, the Milton Court Concert Hall. Amy Lamé presented the occasion while Christopher Braime conducted the excited and skillful musicians of the LGSO. With a quartet of talented opera singers … More The London Gay Symphony Orchestra (LGSO) celebrates its 18th anniversary on Pride weekend

McDermott’s Cosi Fan Tutte at the ENO – A spectacle of candyfloss ****

Phelim McDermott’s production of ‘Cosi fan tutte’ at the English National Opera (ENO) is an outstanding display of eclectic and vibrantly coloured set designs. Tom Pye’s scenery evokes a 1950’s fun fair similar to Coney Island which include all the circus trimmings from a neon ferris wheel, cotton candy, tea cup rides and strange circus … More McDermott’s Cosi Fan Tutte at the ENO – A spectacle of candyfloss ****