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Thomas Oliemans (Papageno) © Donald Cooper
London

Simon McBurney's Magic Flute makes a joyous return to ENO

By , 14 March 2019
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Sarah Tynan (Hanna) © Clive Barda
London

Vienna goes to Broadway for ENO's Merry Widow

By , 01 March 2019
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) © Jane Hobson
London

Mesmerising Akhnaten returns to ENO

By , 11 February 2019
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English National Ballet in Manon © Laurent Liotardo
London

A fine company achievement: English National Ballet's Manon

By , 17 January 2019
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James Streeter, Alina Cojocaru, jeffrey Cirio in ENB's Manon © Laurent Liotardo
London

Cojocaru leads a fine cast in ENB's Manon

By , 16 January 2019
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Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández in English National Ballet's Swan Lake © Laurent Liotardo
London

A Swan Lake worth seeing again at the Coliseum

By , 03 January 2019
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Rina Kanehara and Jeffrey Cirio in ENB's Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo
London

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker closes 2018 at the Coliseum

By , 13 December 2018
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Natalya Romaniw (Mimì) © Robert Workman
London

A house debut to savour: Natalya Romaniw soars in revival of ENO's Bohème

By , 26 November 2018
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Roderick Williams and David Butt Philip © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Inspiration eludes Kramer in Britten's War Requiem at English National Opera

By , 16 November 2018
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Sarah Tynan (Lucia) © John Snelling
London

English National Opera revives Lucia di Lammermoor in chilling style

By , 25 October 2018
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Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) © Tristram Kenton
London

With John Wilson, Gershwin's music is the winner at ENO's Porgy and Bess

By , 11 October 2018
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Allison Cook (Salome) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

By , 28 September 2018
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St Petersburg Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake © KT
London

Stepanova shines over St Petersburg Ballet Theatre's London season

By , 29 August 2018
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Joseph Shovelton (First Gunman), John Savournin (Second Gunman) © Tristram Kenton
London

Brush up your Shakespeare: Opera North's Kiss me Kate arrives in London

By , 20 June 2018
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Daniel McCormick in Le Corsaire © Laurent Liotaroo
London

English National Ballet: Emerging Dancer Award 2018

By , 11 June 2018
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Alina Cojocaru (Aurora) © Laurent Liotardo
London

Alina Cojocaru charms as Aurora in a Sleeping Beauty lacking lustre

By , 06 June 2018
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Lucy Crowe (Countess Almaviva) © Alastair Muir
London

Lust and labyrinths: The Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera

By , 29 March 2018
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Claudia Boyle (Violetta) © Catherine Ashmore
London

More croce than delizia: Daniel Kramer’s new Traviata offers entertainment but little heart

By , 16 March 2018
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Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
London

Hot ice and strange snow: an unseasonal return for Carsen’s bed-hopping Dream

By , 01 March 2018
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ENO Chorus © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL
London

A colourful, exuberant riot: Iolanthe at English National Opera

By , 13 February 2018
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Toby Spence (Gandhi), ENO chorus © Donald Cooper
London

A persistent meditative state: Glass' Satyagraha at English National Opera

By , 07 February 2018
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Fernando Carratala Coloma, Tamara Rojo and Joseph Caley in Song of the Earth © Laurent Liotardo
London

English National Ballet's latest double bill is an unusual pairing

By , 09 January 2018
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Guilherme Menezes (the Nutcracker) and Shiori Kase (Clara) in ENB’s Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo
London

English National Ballet: The Nutcracker

By , 13 December 2017
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Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin in Satori © Tristram Kenton
London

Project Polunin: A Welcome Step Forward

By , 06 December 2017
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Anton Lukovkin © Elliot Franks
London

Men in Motion

By , 22 November 2017
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Denis Rodkin, Svetlana Zakharova and Mikhail Lobhukin in Francesca da Rimini © Roberto Ricci
London

Svetlana Zakharova: Dancer turned curator in the name of Love

By , 21 November 2017
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Sasha Cooke (Marnie) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Muhly's Marnie fails to find the drama of Winston Graham's novel

By , 18 November 2017
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Morgan Pearse (Figaro) © Robbie Jack
London

A razor sharp Barber of Seville revived at English National Opera

By , 05 October 2017
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Latonia Moore (Aida) © Tristram Kenton
London

Billowing silk and blue hair: Phelim McDermott creates an evocative Aida for ENO

By , 28 September 2017
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Sarah Tynan (Partenope) © Donald Cooper
London

Partenope at ENO: pleasant enough but little more

By , 15 March 2017
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Dmitry Gudanov and Evgenia Obratzsova, The Sleeping Beauty © Marc Haegeman
London

In The Steps of Ballets Russes

By , 12 March 2017
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Timothy Robinson (Camillo) and Iain Paterson (Leontes) © Johan Persson
London

“A sad tale’s best for winter”: Wigglesworth's Shakespeare full of eloquent clarity at the Coliseum

By , 27 February 2017
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Ashley Riches (The Pirate King) and Andrew Shore (Major General Stanley) © Tom Bowles
London

Petticoated pirate romp: The Pirates of Penzance at ENO

By , 09 February 2017
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Nicholas Pallesen (Rigoletto) and Nicholas Folwell (Monterone) © Alastair Muir
London

Miller's Rigoletto makes a flawed return to English National Opera

By , 02 February 2017
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Alina Cojocaru (Giselle) and Isaac Hernández (Albrecht) © Laurent Liotardo
London

English National Ballet's exceptional Giselle

By , 11 January 2017
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© Laurent Liotardo
London

Confusion in the chocolate box: a return for Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker at ENB

By , 14 December 2016
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© Evgeny Matveev
London

Eifman Ballet hits London with Up and Down

By , 06 December 2016
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James Morris (Dr. Schön), Brenda Rae (Lulu) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Dramatic intensity, risk of sensory overload: ENO's Lulu

By , 09 November 2016
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Robert McPherson (Nadir), Claudia Boyle (Leïla) and Jacques Imbrailo (Zurga) © Robbie Jack
London

Slow to ignite: tepid revival of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers at ENO

By , 19 October 2016
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Keri Alkema (Tosca) and Craig Colclough (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

A mixed Tosca from English National Opera

By , 03 October 2016
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Nicholas Crawley (Masetto) and Mary Bevan (Zerlina) © Robert Workman
London

Strong in concept, strong in casting: Richard Jones' Don Giovanni at ENO

By , 30 September 2016
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© Marilyn Kingwell
London

A modern twist on Carmen highlights the plight of Syrian refugees

By , 25 August 2016
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Thunderstorm © Shanghai Opera
London

A toe into Chinese opera, not immersion: Shanghai Opera's Thunderstorm

By , 11 August 2016
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Ingrid Gow (Skinny) and Eloise Fryer (Dumpy) © Kate Longley
London

Ratmansky's surrealist take on Cinderella: the Australian Ballet in London

By , 20 July 2016
***11
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Artists of the Australian Ballet, Swan Lake Act II © Jeff Busby
London

Lady of the Lake: Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake returns to London

By , 14 July 2016
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Peter Hoare (Laca) and Laura Wilde (Jenůfa) © Donald Cooper
London

Janáček's score, Alden's direction and Wigglesworth's conducting make a searing Jenůfa at ENO

By , 23 June 2016
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Stuart Skelton (Tristan) and Heidi Melton (Isolde) © Catherine Ashmore | ENO
London

Transfigured night: Tristan and Isolde at ENO

By , 09 June 2016
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Rena Harms (Cio-Cio San) and Sorrow © Tom Bowles
London

Flawed casting in Minghella's widescreen Butterfly at ENO

By , 16 May 2016
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Maya Plisetskaya
London

Ave Maya: International stars perform in memory of Plisetskaya

By , 06 March 2016
*****
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Glass' Akhnaten at ENO: an utterly absorbing visual and aural experience

By , 04 March 2016
*****
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