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Performer: Taylor Stayton

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La Cenerentola in Edinburgh: comic direction to savour

Taylor Stayton, Nikolay Borchev, Michèle Losier, Renato Girolami © Xavi Montojo
Herheim pulls us in unexpected directions, makes us laugh and makes us think as we enjoy fine Rossinian music and singing in Opéra de Lyon's production.
****1
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A simply staged Rossinian rarity in Barcelona

Il viaggio a Reims at the Liceu © A. Bofill
Emilio Sagi’s brightly lit but simplistic staging of Il viaggio a Reims moves the action from northern France to a sunny spa hotel in warmer climes.
***11
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Rossini ex machina: La Cenerentola in Oslo

Anna Goryachova (Cenerentola) and Taylor Stayton (Don Ramiro) © Erik Berg
With his first foray into Rossini, Norwegian director Stefan Herheim turns La Cenerentola into a brilliantly funny spectacle, filled with thought provoking humour and outstanding singing.
*****
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Prom 14: a Barber with bite as Glyndebourne goes to The Proms

Glyndebourne's annual performance at the Proms proves dramatically untraditional but musically solid.
****1
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Forced farce: Arden's Barber at Glyndebourne

Annabel Arden's new production, although decently sung and visually striking, is seriously under-directed, allowing forced acting to blunt the humour.
***11
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Flawed and floored: a powerful Lucia at the ROH

“Prepare to be shocked!” was the warning issued before this new Lucia di Lammermoor from Katie Mitchell at the Royal Opera House. Shocking? Yes, but in a good way. 
***11
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