Opera + Classical Music Reviews

Tamerlano: A spiked cocktail of love, lust and power

by Melanie Eskenazi

The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon…



The Barber of Seville is razor sharp at Nevill Holt Opera

by Sam Smith

A strong attention to detail makes for good quality fun

Rusalka: Drown your sorrows in this lily pond

by Melanie Eskenazi

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink… “I come into the presence of still water. / And I feel above me the day-blind stars / Waiting for their light.” (Wendell Berry) Garsington Opera’s brilliant...

Die tote Stadt packs a punch at Longborough Festival Opera

by Sam Smith

Passion and drama in the most intimate of settings

Madama Butterfly: How do you solve a problem like Cio-Cio San?

by Keith McDonnell

A revamped butterfly effect onstage in Covent Garden

Otello: The green-eyed monster lives in West Horsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Less is Moor at Grange Park Opera

Newly resurrected 16th century polyphony from the newly formed Chineke! Voices makes a ...

by Barry Creasy

Little heard Lusitano features at St Martin-in-the-Fields

The Excursions of Mr Brouček: Brace yourselves – Così fan tutte it isn’t

by Melanie Eskenazi

Too much ‘Art’ – not enough sausage


Theodora: the show must go on

by Melanie Eskenazi

Drama, onstage and off, marks the beginning of an enterprising festival

Philharmonia/Rouvali: A rousing Mahler 2 delivers celestial delights

by Keith McDonnell

A few potholes in the road, but eventually a thrilling ride at the Royal Festival Hall

La bohème on a small scale but with a big heart at Nevill Holt Opera

by Sam Smith

An innovative and interesting take on Puccini’s classic

Elektra: The House of Atreus is at war in the Staatsoper Berlin’s revival of Cheréau...

by Keith McDonnell

An electrifying Elektra at Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Carmen: An innovative and refreshing take on a classic at Opera Holland Park

by Sam Smith

A production that highlights the complex and multi-faceted nature of the supposed femme fatale

Four evenings of jubilant music making in Berlin

by Keith McDonnell

The Berliner Philharmoniker, Der Schatzgräber and Jenůfa with Elektra to come

Eugene Onegin opens Opera Holland Park’s 2022 Season in tremendous style 

by Sam Smith

The only summer opera venue in the heart of London dazzles with Tchaikovsky

Così fan tutte: A winning gamble at Garsington Opera

by Melanie Eskenazi

Only gamble what you can afford to lose, especially in love

Orfeo at Garsington Opera? Hell Yes!

by Melanie Eskenazi

No need to abandon hope with this stellar opening night production at Garsington

Siegfried is Another Triumph in Longborough Festival Opera’s Ring Cycle

by Sam Smith

An accessible production with hidden depths in the Cotswolds

Arcangelo bring touches of Salzburg and Eisenstadt for their final residency concert

by Barry Creasy

Haydn and Mozart shine at the Wigmore Hall

Hair today, gone tomorrow – The Royal Opera’s triumphant new staging of Samson ...

by Keith McDonnell

The Barber of Seville she ain’t. Delila gives Samson a trim in Covent Garden