Andrea Bocelli wows Hyde Park under sodden skies – Review | Music | Entertainment

Never let the challenge of an English summer get in the way of belting out a good aria. That was the motto of arguably the world’s best – and most popular tenor Andrea Bocelli when he appeared at BST Hyde Park. Under grey skies and with the occasional brisk shower, the celebrated Italian singer decided … Read more

Cosi Fan Tutti review: Performers outshine Royal Opera production | Theatre | Entertainment

Since it appeared in 1790, Cosi Fan Tutte has been the most controversial of Mozart’s comic operas. For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was rarely seen in Europe’s opera houses, particularly in Britain where its sexually risqué plot was seen as conflicting with Victorian morality. Now that we are more relaxed about … Read more

Acosta Danza’s Carmen: Gorgeous moments but the passion remains frustr | Theatre | Entertainment

Ravishingly revved-up with a sexually-charged, intoxicating heroine and sublimely hummable hits from Bizet eponymous opera, this Carmen has all the ingredients for a blockbuster crowd-pleaser. Both an impassioned story of female agency and a cautionary tale about fragile men, countless choreographers have come a cropper trying to find a satisfying balance between the tragically intertwined … Read more

The Merry Widow Review: The Merry Widow is merrier than ever at Glyndebourne | Theatre | Entertainment

Turning a 1905 German operetta into something that will be enjoyed by a British audience today poses a problem for any director, but Glyndebourne have solved it magnificently by asking Cal McCrystal to take on the task and giving free rein to his glorious comic talent. While an opera has music and singing throughout, an … Read more

Roger Daltrey talks new tour, thoughts on Broadway’s ‘Tommy’ and future of The Who

NEW YORK — As Roger Daltrey hits the road on a short solo tour this June, he’s unsure if fans will ever see another tour from The Who. “I don’t see it. I don’t know whether The Who’ll ever will go out again,” he told The Associated Press over Zoom. The 80-year-old rocker has a … Read more

Die Zauberflöte Review: Magical Mayhem from Mozart’s Magic Flute at Glyndebourne. | Theatre | Entertainment

When French-Canadian director-designers André Barbe and Renaud Doucet first produced their version of The Magic Flute at Glyndebourne five years ago, it aroused much controversy. The plot, in any case, is the least convincing of all Mozart’s operas but Barbe & Doucet’s treatment deliberately adds to the confusion. The delightful additions made this time increase … Read more

Carmen Review: Enjoyably powerful production opens Glyndebourne Festival | Theatre | Entertainment

Glyndebourne Opera is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its festival and, as always, productions at this glorious opera house near Lewes in East Sussex always include a long interval of around 90 minutes during which we may enjoy a picnic on its spacious lawns. Bizet’s Carmen is perhaps the most popular and most performed of … Read more

Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian makes belated Metropolitan Opera debut as Madame Butterfly

NEW YORK — Asmik Grigorian laughs when she recalls that she had been singing professionally for more than a decade when the International Opera Awards proclaimed her the “best young female singer” of 2016. “So for 12 years I was nothing, and then I immediately became the best!” the Lithuanian soprano joked in an interview. … Read more

Director Romeo Castellucci drops out of Brussels Ring Cycle halfway through because of money, time

Romeo Castellucci dropped out of his production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Belgium’s La Monnaie theater halfway through because of what the company said Saturday was a lack of money and time. The four-part “Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung)” is considered opera’s most ambitious work. Castellucci, a noted Italian director, began … Read more

New opera production adds something new to Luis Buñuel’s ‘The Exterminating Angel’: cannibalism

Calixto Bieito added an element to “The Exterminating Angel” that Luis Buñuel and Thomas Adès left out: cannibalism. Adès’ opera, based on Buñuel’s 1962 film “El ángel exterminador,” details psychologically blocked dinner guests who can’t depart a mansion and the disintegration of decorum after days of dystopian detachment. Bieito’s new production opened at the Paris … Read more