Opera and Classical Reviews
Mahan Esfahani

Mahan Esfahani @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

The Wigmore continues its defiance of Covid-19 with a full concert season. Benjamin Poore was there



Riches / Kynoch & Williams / Glynn @ Holywell Music Room, Oxford

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi continues our coverage of the virtual Oxford Lieder Festival

Bostridge / Giorgini & Appl / Kynoch @ Merton College Chapel & Holywell Music...

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi virtually attends the Oxford Lieder Festival, revamped for the pandemic

Fretwork / Elizabeth Kenny @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy ventures forth to the Wigmore, despite the pandemic

Louise Alder / Roger Vignoles @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

Keith McDonnell returns to the Wigmore Hall for another audience attended performance

Sir Bryn Terfel / Britten Sinfonia @ Barbican Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

Audience attended performance begins to flourish. Benjamin Poore was happy to return to the Barbican

Sir András Schiff @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith experiences the intensity of live music once more with this solo piano recital at Wigmore Hall

Spotlight: Stile Antico’s The Journey of the Mayflower

by Barry Creasy

A new project from Stile Antico is explored by Barry Creasy

Konstantin Krimmel / Malcolm Martineau @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Melanie Eskenazi

A last minute replacement at the Wigmore Hall delivers. Melanie Eskenazi is impressed

Christian Gerhaher / Gerold Huber @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

Live, audience attended concerts are back at the Wigmore Hall. Keith McDonnell can barely contain his joy

Proms 2020 Live: The Last Night of the Proms @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sam Smith

The 2020 BBC Proms is over. It was a Prom season like no other. Sam Smith saw it out

Proms 2020 Live: Aurora Orchestra / Collon @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy continues our coverage of the live BBC Proms

7 Deaths of Maria Callas @ Bavarian State Opera, Munich

by Keith McDonnell

Bavarian State Opera continues its live attended opera performances. Keith McDonnell was there

Die Zauberflöte @ Bavarian State Opera, Munich

by Keith McDonnell

Bavarian State Opera makes a triumphant return to audience attended live performance. Keith McDonnell was moved to tears

Where there’s a will… How the Bavarian State Opera is coping during the pandemic

by Keith McDonnell

Live opera with an audience is possible. Keith McDonnell traveled to Munich to see for himself

Proms 2020 Live: LSO / Uchida / Rattle @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

A programme of contrasts in the latest Live BBC Prom. Barry Creasy explains

Proms 2020 Live: The Symphonic Organ @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms are finally underway. Barry Creasy was there (virtually)

Why I Love… Ariadne auf Naxos

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith considers how a flawed first version of Ariadne auf Naxos went on to produce a...

Pavel Kolesnikov / Samson Tsoy @ Bold Tendencies, London

by Steven Johnson

Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy perform Messiaen’s Visions De L’Amen in a former car park in Peckham, with energising, moving results

Preview: Opera Holland Park’s August 2020 Performances

by Sam Smith

Continuing our series on how summer opera festivals are adjusting to Covid-19, Sam Smith looks at two events coming up at Holland Park in early...

Why I love… Saul

by Barry Creasy

In our continuing series, Barry Creasy explores Handel’s oratorio Saul, to be broadcast as part of the BBC Proms