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14th Feb 2014
kiss me, figaro

KISS ME, FIGARO – Riverside Studios, London.

In a world where musical theatre is dominated by what has been coined as ‘jukebox musicals’, crow-barring existing songs together to a usually shallow and paper thin plot, it was...

22nd Aug 2013
tosca, soho theatre

TOSCA – Soho Theatre, London.

There is some relieved satisfaction to be gained when viewing an opera in a scaled back English translation, instead of in its traditional Italian libretto. If unfamiliar with the plot...

22nd Jul 2013
Pop-up opera rita la serva padrona

POP-UP OPERA – RITA / LA SERVA PADRONA – Brunnel Museum, London.

Pop-Up Opera, founded by Clementine Lovell in 2010, brings classic opera to the masses – where ever they may be: performing in varying and exciting venues that range from boats...

11th May 2013
Pop-Up Opera, Don Pasquale, Review


The objective of Pop-Up Opera is to make opera “enjoyable and inviting without sacrificing the quality of music”, so reads the programme. Not an easy task some may think, particularly...

26th Apr 2013


It’s fair to say that OperaUpClose’s Ballo is not going to float the boat of ardent Verdi purists, but everyone else should expect to enjoy it. The latest production from the...

25th Apr 2013
l'elisir d-amore, london, bargaintheatreland review


The Battersea Barge certainly provides a fitting setting for this unique staging of Gaetano Donizetti’s Opera. The quaint bar inside the barge scattered with candles and props makes for a...

11th Apr 2013
La Traviata, Bloomsbury Theatre, BargainTheatreland Review


My initial thought about going to see this particular production of Verdi’s La Traviata was relief due to the fact that it is presented in English rather than Italian, as I...

09th Apr 2013
Charles Castronovo, King's Head Theatre, BargainTheatreland Review


I’m not a complete stranger to opera but at the same time, I’m definitely not a regular, nor would I describe myself as a fan. My general experience with opera...

25th Feb 2013
Tabard Theatre, The Mikado, Tabard Theatre, Chiswick, Review 2


The current trend for modernising Gilbert & Sullivan operettas shows no sign of easing up any time in the near future and if the Tabard Theatre’s new adaptation of their...

22nd Feb 2013


Opera Up Close is a company dedicated to bringing classical operas to a modern audience and Donizetti’s romantic comedy L’elisir D’amore (The Elixir of Love), does not disappoint. Updated from...

10th Feb 2013
The Magic Flute Riverside Studios BargainTheatreland Thumbnail


I entered The Merry Opera Company’s adaption of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with some trepidation. With radically modernised productions in vogue, I feared some hybrid contemporary musical theatre/opera love child,...

11th Oct 2012


Normally when you think of Opera, you think of lavish sets, a huge orchestra, elaborate costumes and a liberetto in a language you can’t understand. Although you can still lose...