Clementine Scott is impressed by the Oxford Contemporary Opera Festival at Saint Hilda's.
Readers don’t want to read an essay. If they did, they would be scouring SOLO instead of flicking through a newspaper. The majority simply want to know if buying a ticket translates into a fun evening out.
At one point America's most successful symphonist, lauded for his ode to forgotten black soldiers, few today have heard of W. G. Still. According to The Cambridge History of American Music, “No composer plummeted from authentic prominence to an eclipse more total than endured by William Grant Still.”
Cambridge, choirs, colleges and everything else
The People's Opera's production of Eugene Onegin is a great achievement against the odds
Josh Taylor explores opera's apparent lack of appeal
The multilingual reimagining of the Christmas Truce at Leeds Town Hall feels particularly timely
Isaac Pockney is spellbound by an opera that puts a fresh twist on a classic tale
Many have dismissed opera as unaffordable and elitist – they are missing out, writes Jack Pepper
Amid the fakery of Shoreditch, Jack Hunter finds a rare thing: an age-old opera that celebrates the joy of being young