Carrie Cracknell updates this 1925 German opera to modern Britain and it is a triumph.
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs enjoys a Pop-Up Opera performance at St Mary’s church, Islington
The Passenger English National Opera (until 25 October) Yes it is shocking to set an opera in Auschwitz. It shouldn’t work. But it does. David Pountney’s startling production of Mieczylaw Weinberg’s 1968 The Passenger breaks new ground.
Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Dominic Haddock and Roxanne Peak-Payne present … OperaUpClose – the 2011 Olivier Award winning opera company – brings you Manifest Destiny 2011
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The man with a placard was standing on the Coliseum steps. “This is the story of a disabled man murdered by terrorists because he was a Jew. Have a nice evening.” I half expected protests from the stalls but there were none. The evening promises to be controversial.
It’s the Chinese box effect. Jacques Offenbach’s fantastical opera, based on three stories by German absurdist writer ETA Hoffman, also has an imaginary ‘Hoffman’ in the scenario.