Immersive art is enjoying a sparkling revival this year with the rapidly growing popularity of Secret Cinema, then Punchdrunk’s sell-out immersive production of The Drowned Man. This Christmas opera is also going immersive, with a new production of Hansel and Gretel in a former cricket-bat factory in the heart of Peckham.
Johann Strauss’ comic opera is given a brilliant Freudian interpretation in Christopher Alden’s daring version – a co-production with ENO and the Canadian Opera Company.
Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice could not be more different to the commonly associated Visconti film or Mahler music he attached to it.
Carrie Cracknell updates this 1925 German opera to modern Britain and it is a triumph.
Why has Jonathan Miller’s 25 year old production of Rossini’s masterpiece survived so well? Billed as a cross between commedia dell arte and Whitehall farce, it surely lives up to this description.
Gaetano Donizetti’s 1832 comic opera is compressed into an exquisite pocket version in a new adaptation by Valentina Ceschi with a witty set by Kate Lane.
David McVicar’s brilliant production of Medea fights hard to combat the undramatic quality of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s formal musical composition.
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.