Unexpected Opera’s The Rinse Cycle

“A Ring Cycle set in a launderette? Well, I’ve seen weirder productions…”  Unexpected Opera’s approachable and slick reduction of Wagner’s epic starts on a characteristically unstuffy note, and proceeds to soften us up with disarmingly cheesy jokes, some ribald stage antics, and bags of energy. The Rinse Cycle cheerfully pokes fun at itself, as well…

The Boys from Bohème: An Unexpected Opera Chat Show

I have to start this review with a confession: the more you go to Unexpected Opera shows, the harder it gets to remain objective about them. As I’ve now seen more than one, I’m afraid my judgement on these is probably compromised already. This very seldom happens to a critic – opera critics most of…

Baring all: joyous abandon from Opera Naked

Opera Naked is cool, confessional cabaret from a singer’s point of view.  Absolute devotion and dedication to opera – in the face of financial disaster, parental disapproval, physical problems and even moral dilemmas – is what gives this production its passionate, beating heart. The whole thing rolls along at a lick; moments of pathos are…