Parsifal, Wagner: Saffron Opera Group

More wonderful Wagner in Saffron Walden! Fresh from delivering their successful Ring Cycle over the last two years, Saffron Opera Group’s first production of Parsifal will feature their characteristic mixture of established professional singers and exciting stars of tomorrow. The superlative cast will include internationally renowned soprano Elaine McKrill as Kundry and acclaimed baritone Nicholas…

Norwich Opera Club: Götterdämmerung, Wagner (Part Two)

Tonight’s programme: a screening of the second part of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (DVD presented by John Newby); the first half will have been already presented on 5 April due to time constrictions. Norwich Opera Club is a sociable, informal gathering of opera enthusiasts. The Club doesn’t produce performances, so you don’t need to be able to sing.  You…

Norwich Opera Club: Götterdämmerung, Wagner (Part One)

Tonight’s programme: a screening of the first part of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (DVD presented by John Newby); the second half will be presented on 19 April due to time constrictions. Norwich Opera Club is a sociable, informal gathering of opera enthusiasts. The Club doesn’t produce performances, so you don’t need to be able to sing.  You may want…

Heartfelt heroics: a triumphant Siegfried from Saffron Opera Group

  Since their affecting Das Rheingold and resplendent Die Walküre in 2016, the Saffron Opera Group’s Ring Cycle has become something of a talking point in Wagnerian circles. Using a local orchestra, but attracting international singing talent to the Saffron Hall stage, their concert performances of Wagner are reliably intense, engaging, and above all, beautifully sung. This Siegfried shone…

Batman robbing: Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Fulham Opera

Fulham Opera, noted in recent years for their serious and compelling Wagner and Verdi output, are also not shy of comedy (as demonstrated by their very successful Falstaff). Die Fledermaus is a revenge comedy in the lighter tradition of operetta, and Fulham Opera’s take on Strauss is characteristically skilful, immediate, and musically polished, with minimal…

Season preview for Culture Whisper: Glyndebourne 2016

Melly Still’s magical production of Janáček‘s The Cunning Little Vixen (revival, 2012) is back, the only opera I know to have been born from a comic strip. Still’s vision balances a fine naturalistic sense with elements of Eastern European folktale and cartoon to deliver a world of animals bursting with colour, while humans exist in monochrome…

Unexpected Opera’s The Rinse Cycle

“A Ring Cycle set in a launderette? Well, I’ve seen weirder productions…”  Unexpected Opera’s approachable and slick reduction of Wagner’s epic starts on a characteristically unstuffy note, and proceeds to soften us up with disarmingly cheesy jokes, some ribald stage antics, and bags of energy. The Rinse Cycle cheerfully pokes fun at itself, as well…