Opera and Classical Reviews

London Symphony Orchestra / Noseda @ LSO St Luke’s, London

by Barry Creasy

Strauss, Liszt and Rota feature in a remarkable performance by the LSO



Preview: Bampton Classical Opera 2021

by Sam Smith

Bampton Classical Opera is currently doing more than other company to put Salieri’s operas back on the map in the UK. We look at its 2021 plans where the focus is on Gluck

Preview: English Touring Opera Returns to ‘Live’ Performance

by Melanie Eskenazi

Handel around the nation. A new live tour from ETO revives a neglected masterpiece

Preview: Opera Holland Park presents Vaughan Williams’ Song Cycle ‘The House of Li...

by Sam Smith

While we still await the return of live audiences, we can look forward to a highly interesting online offering

Benjamin Grosvenor @ Barbican Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Online music resumes from the Barbican featuring a virtuosic pianist

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

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