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The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville

The audience laughed and applauded this jolly production of Rossini’s opera, sung in English and using the witty translation by Robert David Macdonald.  In marked contrast to the futuristic Madame Butterfly, which is the WNOs alternate production this season, this is...
Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly

Photos: Richard Hubert Smith This is a new production of Puccini’s opera, a troubling piece in any age but which highlights issues which make it very current to modern eyes. This opera dissects and displays the privileged white males’ attitude in foreign...
Die Walküre

Die Walküre

Photo: Bethan Langford, Elizabeth Karani, Katie Stevenson. (c) Alex Brenner It’s always good to return to the glorious Hackney Empire and the staging of a Wagner opera in the building seemed to have attracted a number of first-time visitors who were stunned to see...
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