Michael Tanner

Callas would have found it a very big bore: Met Opera Live’s Nabucco reviewed

11 January 2017 11:27

Nabucco Met Opera Live Callas, writing to her husband Meneghini from Naples in 1949, where she was performing a run…

I’m sick of productions like the Met’s Tristan und Isolde

10 October 2016 12:07

Tristan und Isolde Met Opera Live I am sick to death of productions of Tristan und Isolde which leave me…

One of Grimeborn’s most striking rediscoveries: Mozart & Salieri at the Arcola Theatre reviewed

11 August 2016 17:04

Mozart & Salieri Grimeborn, Arcola Theatre, until 13 August I have been a fairly conscientious reviewer of Dalston’s Grimeborn festival for…

Will I ever see a production of Die Fledermaus that does this masterpiece justice?

1 August 2016 14:29

Die Fledermaus Opera Holland Park, until 5 August Johann Strauss’s opera Die Fledermaus is a masterpiece that I have had…

Longborough’s Tannhäuser is a major relief after ENO’s abysmal Tristan

16 June 2016 15:36

Tannhäuser Longborough Festival Opera, until 18 June The Longborough phenomenon continues, indeed if anything gets more remarkable each year. This…

Was Opera Rara justified in reviving Bellini’s first opera? Oh yes

16 May 2016 11:20

Adelson e Salvini Barbican First operas by composers who later became great or anyway expert in writing them tend to…

Manon Lescaut is a shambolic opera – but the Met’s production is mainly excellent

8 March 2016 11:29

Manon Lescaut Met Opera Live Puccini’s Manon Lescaut is his first opera worth seeing and hearing, and marks an astonishing…

What a tawdry piece it is: Met Opera Live’s Les pêcheurs de perles reviewed

18 January 2016 12:57

Les pêcheurs de perle Met Opera Live This is the first production at the Metropolitan of Bizet’s early opera for…

The Met’s Tannhäuser is outstanding – despite a vast and expressionless leading man

4 November 2015 16:13

This was a superb, thrilling performance, chiefly thanks to James Levine and his amazing orchestra – he got a tremendous…

What’s the point of the Met’s new Otello?

22 October 2015 17:04

The new production of Verdi’s Otello at the Met, with set designs by Ed Devlin, did make me wonder, as…

Anna Netrebko’s ascent to greatness: Il Trovatore at the Met reviewed

5 October 2015 13:26

The Met in HD series got off to an exciting start this year with Il Trovatore, an opera I adore…

Why do directors of comic opera encourage performers not to behave like human beings?

18 May 2015 12:25

The Royal Academy of Music’s Sir Jack Lyons Theatre is closing, whether for refurbishment or to make way for something…

Iolanta/Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Met Opera Live, review: enterprising take on two masterpieces

17 February 2015 12:53

Iolanta / Duke Bluebeard’s Castle  Met Opera Live The Met’s antepenultimate relay of the season was an enterprising pairing of two operas, one…

Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Met Opera Live, review: ‘superlative’

2 February 2015 13:44

Les Contes d’Hoffmann Met Opera Live This was another excellent performance from the Met, though that house’s addiction to enormously…

Met Opera Live’s Merry Widow, review: kitsch, glorious kitsch

19 January 2015 11:54

The Merry Widow Met Opera Live ‘Even today, at 75, the waltz from The Merry Widow sends me into a…

Michael Tanner’s five least objectionable opera performances of 2014

30 December 2014 12:12

1. Khovanskygate A typically brilliant and wayward production by the Birmingham Opera Company of this unfollowable opera, with stupendous choral singing…