Opera

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

14 June 2013 18:01

Sir Alfred Munnings lived his life in true bohemian style, ‘carousing with gypsies and horse-trainers, living rough and constantly on…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

7 June 2013 17:30

Coronation Day across the Globe was first broadcast in 1953, by the Home Service, and until last Sunday, it wasn’t…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

31 May 2013 16:49

Christopher Purves began his musical career playing doo-wop and rock and roll with the band Harvey and the Wallbangers . These…

Spectator Play: what’s worth watching, listening to or going to this weekend

17 May 2013 18:23

It feels like the only film anyone’s been talking about recently is The Great Gatsby. Given that even the release…

Spectator Play: what’s worth – or not worth – watching, listening to or going to this weekend

10 May 2013 16:58

Mark Millar appears to be the typical Spectator reader until you discover – as Peter Hoskin did when he interviewed…

Spectator Play: what’s worth – or not worth – watching, listening to or going to this weekend

3 May 2013 18:38

I’m So Excited is the latest offering from Pedro Almodóvar who, Deborah Ross says, she would usually love. But is…

Spectator Play: what’s worth watching, listening to or going to this weekend

19 April 2013 17:42

In a week where the news has been filled with stories about a certain ‘strong woman’, Kate Chisholm has found…

Spectator Play: Audio and video for what we’ve reviewed this week

5 April 2013 17:52

If you succumbed to Downton fever, then the BBC’s latest period-drama, The Village, might have attracted your attention. But if…

From the archives: Brown, the opera

20 January 2012 18:33

Perfect for Friday evening is this: the Gordon Brown-themed version of Ko-Ko’s ‘little list’ from The Mikado that Jeff Randall…

Flash Brindisi

10 July 2010 18:30

Four minutes of La Traviata at a Philadelphia market. Four minutes of spreading surprise and sweetness and just a little…

Obama! The Opera!

12 November 2008 17:20

A friend emailed me this today. Some internet sleuthing tracked the original source to this forum. L’Obama, ossia L’Avvento del…

Carmen May Seriously Damage Your Health…

31 March 2008 0:24

Anthony Holden in The Observer: Carmen is back at Covent Garden for the first time since last summer’s Orwellian smoking…

Public Service Announcement

1 October 2007 21:50

If you haven’t been tempted to use Amazon.com’s new MP3 download service may I point out that Clemens Krauss’s 1953…

Is Don Giovanni really the greatest?

1 October 2007 21:08

Just received an email from Washington National Opera touting their new production of Don Giovanni in which they claim that…

Luciano Pavarotti, 1935-2007

6 September 2007 9:15

Opera Chic has all you need to know about Luciano Pavarotti’s death, including a collection of terrific YouTube clips. If…