In review: The Queen of Spades at the Royal Opera House

Featuring dramatic scenes, a sophisticated scenery stage and a cast capable of imparting a profound sense of amor fati and the sublime, the Royal Opera House’s performance of Queen of Spades is one not to be missed.

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Written on Skin at the ROH

Friday 27th January, Covent Garden

Written on Skin was, to me, quite mystifying – both in itself and the rave reviews. Quoth the ROH: “Since its premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2012 it has been performed worldwide in numerous productions, to widespread acclaim”. The Guardian and The Telegraph reviews of the 2013 production, for example, corroborate the excellent reception (“a musical masterpiece” and “music of genius”, respectively). Continue reading “Written on Skin at the ROH”

A night at the opera: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Seviglia

Every young girl wants to believe in a fairy tale ending, a concept that Hollywood has not only over-commercialized but stereotyped into an almost generic formula. Thus it was with heart-rending pleasure that I found myself transported back to my childhood notions of make-believe in Il Barbiere di Seviglia at the Teatro Real in Madrid whilst reveling in Rossini’s farcical melodramma buffo.
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