Royal Opera

There’s nothing transgressive about opera using sex to sell tickets

26 May 2016 16:58

Fluffy bunnies. Human-size, pink and white fluffy bunnies. Twerking. The image has never left me, ever since an ill-fated date…

Are theatre audiences getting out of hand?

10 March 2016 17:46

Laurence Fox has this week joined an increasing band of actors hitting back at misbehaving audience members who seem to…

Boo the knee-jerk reaction to William Tell not the rape scene

1 July 2015 13:05

‘I blame Princess Diana’, was my guest’s response to it all. Certainly, there is much we might lay at the…

The gang rape was the least offensive thing about Royal Opera’s new William Tell

30 June 2015 16:14

Guillaume Tell Royal Opera House, in rep until 17 July There’s no such thing as a tasteful rape scene — or…

Andrea Chénier, Royal Opera House, review: like a Carry On – but without the jokes

21 January 2015 11:53

Andrea Chénier Royal Opera House, in rep until 6 February Who on earth could have predicted that a hoary old…

Royal Opera’s Orfeo, Roundhouse: shouts its agenda so loudly the music struggles to be heard

14 January 2015 10:42

Orfeo Royal Opera, Camden Roundhouse, in rep until 24 January What a week to stage an opera about art’s power…

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…

Anna Nicole is a masterpiece

20 September 2014 19:18

It isn’t often that you can say you’ve seen an opera not only of but about our times. But Anna…