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Performer: Martin Lloyd-Evans

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Matrimonial mayhem: Le nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival

Simona Mihai (Countess Almaviva) and Roberto Lorenzi (Figaro) © Clive Barda
Lloyd-Evans' new production of Mozart's classic might be traditional, but there's no lack of astuteness in his direction of his characters. Problems in the pit hinder an otherwise strong musical performance.
****1
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Britten's Dream haunts Guildhall School

William Sharma (Puck), Madison Nonoa (Tytania) and Collin Shay (Oberon) © Clive Barda
Dominic Wheeler did full justice to Britten’s brilliantly colourful and haunting score right from those first eerie glissandi.
****1
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Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

Anne Sophie Duprels (Isabeau) © Ali Wright
An embarrassingly trite libretto proves unsalvageable, even with a committed cast of singers.
*1111
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Disappointing Dialogues des Carmélites

Chloe Latchmore (Mère Marie), Bertie Watson, Georgia Mae Bishop (Madame de Croissy) © Clive Barda
The most moving scene in 20th-century opera went for nothing
**111
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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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