Opera + Classical Music Features

Preview: It’s Summer Festival time 2022! ‘The Four Gs’ – Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Festival and Grange Park

by Melanie Eskenazi

‘Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu!’ or rather, Summer is here and let the singing begin



Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida in Schubert and Beethoven at the Wigmore Hall 

by Sam Smith

Schwanengesang stands out in this recital from two world class performers

The Jubilee String Quartet performs Schubert on a Sunday morning

by Sam Smith

A masterpiece of the quartet repertoire shines at the Wigmore Hall

Every Doge has his day: A Venetian Coronation 1595

by Barry Creasy

Gabrieli brings a taste of Venice to St John’s Smith Square

Don Pasquale: The Royal Opera revives its bittersweet staging with a fine cast

by Keith McDonnell

Laughs with a conscience from Donizetti’s comic tale at Covent Garden

Oklahoma! but not as we know it at the Young Vic

by Sam Smith

The production that has toured America now comes to London

Leeds Lieder Festival 2022: The pick of a Wigmore Hall song season, in a single weekend

by Melanie Eskenazi

A bounty of wonderful music in Leeds from Tritschler, Glynn, Bostridge, Cooper, Riches, Hillebrand and Middleton

Lohengrin: The Royal Opera’s first post-Covid Wagner staging thrills on every level

by Keith McDonnell

An exciting evening in Covent Garden

BBC Proms 2022 Preview: back to normal?

by Barry Creasy

Get ready for a season of great music at the Albert Hall and beyond

Spotlight: New premieres from composer Luke Styles

by Melanie Eskenazi

We talked to Luke Styles about his innovative new works

La resurrezione makes Easter Monday complete at St Martin-in-the-Fields 

by Sam Smith

Handel’s vastly underrated oratorio brings two festivals to a close in suitable style

Harrison Birtwistle: A Reflection

by MusicOMH

Our writers pay tribute to his genius by recalling three particularly memorable evenings in the opera house

Joyce DiDonato: EDEN is a heavenly garden of musical delights

by Keith McDonnell

An ecological outpouring of music was heard at the Barbican Centre

Preview: Yorkshire Spring and Summer Festivals 2022 – Part 2

by Melanie Eskenazi

Part 2 of 2: Northern Aldborough, Ryedale, York Early Music and North York Moors Chamber Music Festivals

Preview: The Royal Opera announces their eclectic and exciting 2022/23 season

by Keith McDonnell

Bold programming combines with a selection of crowd-pleasing revivals

Fernando, re di Castiglia is complete once more

by Sam Smith

Opera Settecento presents a new and previously unperformed edition at the London Handel Festival

La Traviata: Pretty Yende and Angel Blue are heartbreaking at the Royal Opera House

by Keith McDonnell

Another double helping of a Verdi classic

Preview: Yorkshire Spring and Summer Festivals 2022

by Melanie Eskenazi

Part 1 of 2: Leeds Lieder, Beverley Early Music and Swaledale Festivals

Opera Holland Park’s 2022 Season promises riches in abundance

by Sam Smith

A notably full programme from the only summer opera venue in the heart of London

Oberto: A mystery that the Chelsea Opera Group delights in revealing

by Sam Smith

The earliest of Verdi’s operas enjoys a rare outing at Cadogan Hall

Edward Gardner and the LPO deliver a robust ‘German Requiem’

by Keith McDonnell

The Royal Festival Hall reverberates with Brahms