wed 26/02/2020

A Dog's Heart, English National Opera | reviews, news & interviews

A Dog's Heart, English National Opera

A Dog's Heart, English National Opera

Blood and guts in a visionary staging of Raskatov's Bulgakov-based opera


Having seen the first performance, I have mixed feelings. A five star show for the play and staging, a one for the music. It was superb theatre, but the music got in the way. I'm not some old diehard who enjoys opera for the good tunes (I do enjoy Janacek operas), but the music is not doing its job when it is not adding anything to the show and you have to rely on the titles to find out what some characters are saying, or for cheap laughs from the swear words.

Add comment

Subscribe to

Thank you for continuing to read our work on For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £3.95 per month or £30 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.

To take an annual subscription now simply click here.

And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a gift subscription?


Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday!

Simply enter your email address in the box below

View previous newsletters