Opera and Classical Reviews
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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

Preview: Fidelio @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Opera venues are starting to open with performances attended by audiences. Melanie Eskenazi tells us about one coming up

Preview: Nevill Holt Opera’s New 2020 Season

by Sam Smith

Opera Houses around the country continue to find innovative solutions to lockdown. Sam Smith tells us the latest

First Night of the BBC Proms 2020

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms are back. Barry Creasy tells us they’re anything but ordinary this year

Iestyn Davies / Elizabeth Kenny @ St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Virtual performance continues to lift our spritis. Melanie Eskenazi is grateful

Previews: Eboracum Baroque – Heroic Handel & The Ryedale Festival

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi alerts us to two virtual musical events coming soon to a screen near you

Why I Love… Tosca

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith reveals his admiration for one of Puccini’s most loved works

Preview: Garsington Opera 2021 – and a concert from Wormsley to enjoy now

by Melanie Eskenazi

There is opera to look forward to and gems to savour now. Melanie Eskenazi explains. One of the saddest cancellations of 2020 was the season...

Preview: York Early Music Festival 2020 Online

by Melanie Eskenazi

Despite the partial lifting of lockdown, classical venues remain closed. But, as Melanie Eskenazi has found, there is still much musical enjoyment to be had...