29 December 2015, The Tablet

A Ring of truth

The latest drama at English National Opera will be played out in 2016, with the Arts Council trying to emasculate our most treasured and ambitious opera company – a desperate and sad situation. But for the moment it’s business as usual, and there are stagings of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten – about the heretical pharaoh who tried to introduce monotheism to Egypt – and Bellini’s great bel canto dream Norma. English Touring Opera takes Gluck’s strong and austerely beautiful Iphigenia in Tauris of 1779 around the country, and there are two very enticing productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to look forward to, one performed in Dublin and Cork by Opera Theatre Company and the other by Northern Ireland Opera in Be
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