Lustrous line-up of singers for ENO’s Luisa Miller

  Verdi is a fascinating composer. He notched up twenty-five operas during his long and largely successful career and also managed to live to the grand old age of eighty-seven. It’s quite an achievement when you think how many composers, worn out from the effort of composing and staging operas, suffered poor health and died…

Is This The Future of Opera? Youthful Exuberance for Opera Holland Park.

  Jack Holton (Anckarström) with Blaise Malaba (Ribbing) and Tom Mole (Horn).   Like Shakespearean actors and concert pianists, opera singers are outsiders in today’s entertainment world of self-made performers boasting one million subscribers on their Youtube channel. Accessibility is of course a lovely idea and the internet has certainly provided an equal platform for…

Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera. A Revelation.

  Verdi and the Naples censor when preparing “Ballo”, 1857–58, caricature by Delfico   Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Un Ballo in Maschera, nearly didn’t see the light of day. The problem lay in Italy’s troubled political situation and the opera’s libretto, based on the assassination of King Gustave III in 1793 during a masked ball.  When…