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Performer: David Parry

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A study in romance: David Parry and the LPO

David Parry © Marco Borrelli
Where better to start the LPO's exploration of 'British' music in its Isle of Noises festival than with Sir Edward Elgar? 
****1
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Marx in London: Madcap comedy at Theater Bonn

Mark Morouse (Marx) and Boyan Di (Pawnbroker) © Thilo Beu

Jonathan Dove's new opera is a comedic romp with clever lyrics set to wonderful contrasting music, though a more nuanced actor as Karl Marx could have better brought out the philosopher's amusing contradictions.

****1
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A dystopian police state for Reisopera's new Tosca

Phillip Rhodes (Scarpia) and Kari Postma (Tosca) © Marco Borggreve
A fine cast convinces in Dutch Reisopera's new Tosca, staged in a dystopian police state.
***11
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Ludicrous, but brilliant: Barber of Seville at The Grange Festival

John Irvin (Almaviva) and the Grange Chorus © Simon Annand
From the stately front of The Grange, an impressive moustache looms large, welcoming the audience to a production of Rossini's masterpiece that baffles, confuses and delights the audience.
****1
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Safe and simple pleasures from Scottish Opera's La traviata

Scottish Opera Chorus © Jane Hobson
There are no answers, nor indeed many probing questions, in this Scottish Opera revival of Sir David McVicar’s production from 2008, but it is sumptuous and enjoyable.
****1
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Grange Festival delivers an engaging Mansfield Park by Jonathan Dove

Shelley Jackson (Mary Crawford), Henry Neill (Edmund Bertram) and Martha Jones (Fanny Price) © Robert Workman
A newly-orchestrated version of Jonathan Dove’s chamber opera drew some impressive performances from Heritage Opera in this pared-down adaption of Jane Austen’s third novel.
****1
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