Sam Smith

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Sam Smith is an NHS Manager by day, and, for five years now, a reviewer by night. He covers opera, classical music and the occasional piece of jazz for musicOMH, and theatre and ballet for other websites. He has a PhD in Political History from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a particular love of Wagner. He fondly remembers going to Bayreuth at the age of seven to watch the entire Ring Cycle, and his signed book from Wolfgang and Gudrun remains one of his most cherished possessions. He is just at home, however, listening to a Handel oratorio, and loves the gargantuan Proms as much as the intimate Wigmore Hall. More generally, Sam has a wide ranging interest in the performing arts, art and architecture, and has been known to have spent more time in exhibitions on the Italian Renaissance or German Expressionism than it would take to see Götterdämmerung!
Sam Smith


Articles by Sam Smith


Ruddigore review – Charles Court Opera makes its annual visit to Opera Holland Park (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Prom 31 review – Dialogues des Carmélites comes from Glyndebourne to the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms reviews)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream review – Peter Hall’s classic production at Glyndebourne (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Rake’s Progress review – Hockney meets Hogarth at Glyndebourne (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Fairy Queen review – Purcell ‘reimagined’ at Longborough Festival Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci review – two tales in the same village at West Green House Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Robinson Crusoe review – Offenbach takes flight at West Green House Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Itch review – Jonathan Dove’s opera enjoys its world premiere at Opera Holland Park (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La bohème review – opera in the age of film at Opera Holland Park (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
L’Orfeo review – blending the ancient and modern at Longborough Festival Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Bartered Bride review – beg, borrow or barter for a ticket at Garsington Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
La Cenerentola review – Rossini goes with a swing at Nevill Holt Opera (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
L’elisir d’amore review – Longborough Festival Opera brings Donizetti’s classic closer to home (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Hansel and Gretel review – Opera Holland Park’s 2023 season continues with Humperdinck’s classic (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Rigoletto review – Opera Holland Park’s 2023 season opens in suitably strong style (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Götterdämmerung review – Longborough Festival Opera presents the conclusion to Wagner’s Ring Cycle (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Die Walküre review – Regents Opera delivers the goods at the Freemasons’ Hall  (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The Nash Ensemble review – the piano stands centre stage at the Wigmore Hall (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
The St John Passion enjoys a perfectly pitched performance from the Britten Sinfonia on Good Friday (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Sebastiani’s St Matthew Passion: Fretwork presents a rarity for Good Friday at the Wigmore Hall   (Opera + Classical Music Reviews)
Preview: Opera Holland Park’s 2023 Season is as varied as it is accessible   (Opera + Classical Music Features)