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Performer: Sarah Champion

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CopenhagenThe Handmaid's TaleNew production

Ruders: The Handmaid's Tale
Giedrė Šlekytė; John Fulljames; Royal Danish Opera; Chloe Lamford; Christina Cunningham; Rachel Kelly; Sarah Champion
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Anthropocene: a timely chiller from Scottish Opera

Jennifer France (Ice) © James Glossop

Climate change, challenged egos and a strange Ice woman tell a gruesome tale in Anthropocene, a finely sung new opera from Stuart MacRae, with libretto from Louise Welsh, set in the Arctic with a cinematic score.

***11
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Austen-tastic opera: Mansfield Park, Waterperry Opera Festival

Mansfield Park © Waterperry Opera Festival
Jonathan Dove's witty Jane Austen chamber opera received a standing ovation from an ecstatic audience: quite the opening salvo for a brand new summer opera festival. 
*****
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Risk of sensory overload: ENO's Lulu

James Morris (Dr. Schön), Brenda Rae (Lulu) © Catherine Ashmore
William Kentridge's Lulu for ENO is easier to admire than it is to love. But if you want to be challenged dramatically, this is the opera to do it.
***11
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Egg-crackingly good fun: Pop Up Opera's touring production of Bizet's Le docteur Miracle

Pop Up Opera bring their bonkers, busy Bizet to an unusual venue near you! 
***11
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La Traviata in Berlin, 1938 by Opera UK

Jane McCulloch’s production of La Traviata is currently playing in the small Studio Theatre at RADA. The intriguing setting of Berlin, 1938, is rendered subtly, through wonderful 1930s costumes designed by the director, and references to Berlin life in McCulloch’s new translation.
***11
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