Opera and Classical Reviews
Eboracum Baroque

Fairest Isle: Music from 17th and 18th Century England – Eboracum Baroque @ King’s Ely Recital Hall, Ely

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi virtually attends a Baroque musical outing that lifts her spirits in lockdown.



Sunday Service Choir / Kanye West – Emmanuel

by Barry Creasy

A blended and well-controlled tone from Kanye West and the Sunday Service Choir

All Creation Waits: The Marian Consort @ Kings Place, London

by Benjamin Poore

Alas, attended live performance in London is ending for a while. Benjamin Poore sneaks in under the wire

The Cosmos: BBC SO / Stasevska / Cox @ Barbican Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy joins in the exploration of eternal questions through music, philosophy and science

Fidelio @ Opera North at Leeds Town Hall, Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi is uplifted by this wonderful concert staging in the most trying of times

Paul Guinery – Dicky Bird Hop

by Barry Creasy

No opportunity for some stylish flourish or rubato goes unnoticed. Paul Guinery plays British light music from the mid 20th century

Spiritato – The Taste Of This Nation

by Barry Creasy

A real feeling of physicality, and of the subtle differences in instrument timbres.

Alice Coote / Christian Blackshaw @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

Keith McDonnell beats the lockdown to witness the Wigmore Hall’s last attended recital for a while

Bostridge / Connolly / Drake / Carducci Quartet @ Barbican Hall, London

by Sam Smith

In the midst of the current uncertainty, Sam Smith leaves it all behind for an evening at the Barbican

Siobhan Stagg / Jonathan Ware @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

Music venues are due to close to live audiences in the latest lockdown. But, not before Benjamin Poore’s visit to the Wiggy

Damrau / Calleja @ The Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi virtually travels to Italy for a Metropolitan Opera concert

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

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