Verdi

Why do the British have such terrible taste in voices?

12 May 2017 12:58

When it comes to voices, the words of the apocryphal Times headline come to mind: ‘Fog in the Channel; Continent cut…

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…

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…

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…

Is Anna Nicole’s absurd life worth our while? Not as much as Otello’s

15 September 2014 17:43

Otello ENO, in rep until 17 October Anna Nicole Royal Opera, in rep until 24 September So how did London’s…

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…