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Performer: Will Tuckett

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Opera North's Kiss me Kate arrives in London

Joseph Shovelton (First Gunman), John Savournin (Second Gunman) © Tristram Kenton
Cole Porter's exuberant wordsmithery and his smash-and-grab appropriation of a dozen musical styles can hardly fail to entertain; Opera North give us four top class leads.
***11
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Tuckett's Elisabeth is revived at the Barbican

Yury Yanowsky and Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth © ROH | Tristram Kenton
Tuckett's richly-integrated Elizabeth contains some superb performances but is often overwhelmed in this transition to a much larger space 
***11
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A wonderful show: Welsh National Opera's Kiss me, Kate

Jeni Bern (Lilli Vanessi/ Katharine) and Quirijn de Lang (Fred Graham/ Petruchio) © Richard Hubert Smith
Welsh National Opera's co-production of Kiss me, Kate is another good argument for opera companies to stage Broadway musicals.
****1
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Faux orientalism meets La dolce vita

© Johan Persson
The away leg of Rossini's “Italian girl - Turkish guy” fixture makes for a thoroughly enjoyable evening at Garsington, without ever quite bursting into flame.
***11
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Tuckett's Elizabeth at ROH Linbury

<span>Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Elizabeth</span> © ROH, 2016 | Photographed by Andrej Uspenski
Beguiled, bereaved and betrayed - William Tuckett's Elizabeth imagines the ill-fated romances of the Virgin Queen. Tuckett draws on the monarch's own writings and those of her contemporaries to fashion a full-length work, blending spoken word, dance and music to convey the tumultuous affairs of Elizabeth I. 
***11
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