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Performer: Peter Relton

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West HorsleyLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Stephen Barlow; Stephen Medcalf; Grange Park Opera; Jamie Vartan; Peter Relton; Lynne Hockney
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A girl next door: La bohème at Dorset Opera Festival

Lauren Michelle (Musetta) and Charles Johnston (Alcindoro) © Fritz Curzon
It's not easy to imagine a freezing Parisian attic when you're in the middle of the rolling Dorset countryside in a baking summer, but Dorset Opera's excellent production of Puccini's La bohème is atmospheric enough to do so.
****1
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A razor sharp Barber of Seville revived at ENO

Morgan Pearse (Figaro) © Robbie Jack
The latest revival of Jonathan Miller's The Barber of Seville has everything you could want; strong direction, a strong orchestral performance, and a cast that's universally strong. No close shaves there!
****1
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Grange Park Opera's inaugural Tosca

Act I: Joseph Calleja (Cavaradossi), Ekaterina Metlova (Tosca) © Robert Workman
Woefully stiff acting lets down an otherwise excellent production; Joseph Calleja impresses in his role début as Cavaradossi.
***11
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A Barber as frothy as Figaro’s shaving foam

A wittily staged, but variably sung twelfth revival of Jonathan Miller's production at the Coliseum. 
***11
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