Opera and Classical Reviews
St John Passion

OBS Easter Festival: St John Passion & Easter Oratorio @ Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

by Melanie Eskenazi

It was not easy being deprived of live music over the long Easter weekend, but there is a way to enjoy it



Messiah Reimagined @ St George’s Hanover Square, London

by Barry Creasy

A brilliant transcontinental mosaic of Handel’s great work from The London Handel Festival

Music for Holy Week: Easter Sunday – Eisler’s ‘Ostersonntag’ from t...

by Melanie Eskenazi

Easter is celebrated by Melanie Eskenazi with a different kind of religious music

Music for Holy Week: Black Saturday – Grechaninov’s ‘Passion Week’

by Barry Creasy

Saturday, and Barry Creasy brings us rich Russian choral harmonies from Alexander Grechaninov

Stile Antico @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

“A consummate understanding of the idiom”. Stile Antico sing Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories at Wigmore Hall

Music for Holy Week: Good Friday – Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’

by Keith McDonnell

A little bit of Wagner makes Good Friday even better. Keith McDonnell explains why

Music for Holy Week: Maundy Thursday – Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’

by Melanie Eskenazi

It’s hard to get holier than a St Matthew Passion. Melanie Eskenazi is moved every Easter

Music for Holy Week: Spy Wednesday – Handel’s ‘Brockes-Passion’

by Sam Smith

For today’s Holy Week offering, Sam Smith considers a work by Handel that deserves to be far better known

‘Into the Hands of Sinners’ @ St John’s Smith Square, London

by Barry Creasy

Tenebrae Choir curate a moving choral summation of the events of Holy Week for the opening of the St John’s Smith Square Holy Week Festival

Music for Holy Week: Holy Tuesday – Haydn’s ‘The Seven Last Words of Our ...

by Benjamin Poore

If it’s Tuesday, it must be Haydn. Benjamin Poore picks this composer as a must for Easter

Preview: The Royal Opera 2021-22

by Keith McDonnell

Plans are announced for Covent Garden’s first full season since 2019

Music for Holy Week: Holy Monday – Penderecki’s ‘St Luke Passion’

by Barry Creasy

A more realistic portrayal of Golgotha: Penderecki’s St Luke Passion, enjoyed by Barry Creasy

Music for Holy Week: Palm Sunday – Buxtehude’s ‘Membra Jesu Nostri’

by Sam Smith

While Holy Week might normally see our reviewers running from event to event, this year they are taking the opportunity to reflect on music relevant to the season. Today, Sam Smith considers a German Baroque...

Der Rosenkavalier @ Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

by Melanie Eskenazi

A stunning new Der Rosenkavalier premiered in Munich, despite Covid-19. Melanie Eskenazi witnessed the spectacle

Tynan / Tritschler / Baillieu @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy joins the celebration of St Patrick’s Day in songs with Irish connections at the Wigmore

Preview: Purcell & a Pint – Eboracum Baroque

by Melanie Eskenazi

Drink and Baroque music. Who could have guessed? Melanie Eskenazi raises her glass

Rudge / Glynn @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Roll out the vaccines. In the meantime, the Wigmore Hall is still operating virtually. Barry Creasy visits from the safety of his home

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2021

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith explores a summer opera festival that lies in the heart of London

Danny Driver @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy experiences thoughtful intimacy from pianist Danny Driver

Louis Andriessen – The Only One

by Ben Hogwood

A compelling and intriguing – if short – work from the Dutch composer, premiered in 2019, for the centenary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2021

by Sam Smith

Even the coronavirus cannot stop Longborough from pursuing its love affair with Wagner. Sam Smith explores the season and a new performance space