Opera and Classical Reviews

Rigoletto @ Royal Opera House, London

by Barry Creasy

A strangely timeless, but nonetheless comfortingly familiar Rigoletto from The Royal Opera



BBC Proms: The Last Night of the Proms 2021 @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sam Smith

The first Last Night of the Proms with a live audience for two years raises the roof of the Albert Hall

BBC Proms: Bach’s St Matthew Passion @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

A sacred work performed in an iconic hall

BBC Proms: Hallé Orchestra / Elder @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

This year’s Prom season is nearing the end. Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra help to see it out

BBC Proms: Sinfonia of London / Wilson @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sam Smith

John Wilson appears at the Proms, though not with his eponymous orchestra

BBC Proms: Organ Recital / Holder @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sam Smith

Peter Holder performs a programme of the highest quality on ‘The Voice of Jupiter’ at the BBC Proms

BBC Proms: English Baroque Soloists / Monteverdi Choir / Gardiner @ Royal Albert Hall, ...

by Barry Creasy

Early choral works from Bach and Handel given sparkling performances by the Monteverdi Choir and Ann Hallenberg under John Eliot Gardiner at the BBC Proms

BBC Proms: Tristan und Isolde @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sam Smith

Glyndebourne Festival Opera makes its annual visit to the Proms with a concert staging of Wagner’s masterpiece

BBC Proms: The Kanneh-Masons and friends / Family Prom @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

Animal magic features at this family friendly Prom

BBC Proms: Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Bell @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Four seasons in 18th century Venice and 20th century Buenos Aires compared by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Joshua Bell at the BBC Proms

BBC Proms: Chineke! / Kanneh-Mason / Bovell @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms bring diversity to the fore with Chineke! and conductor Kalena Bovell

BBC Proms: Giunta / Shibe / Walker @ Cadogan Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

South America comes to London, courtesy of Wallis Giunta, Sean Shibe and Adam Walker at the BBC Proms

BBC Proms: London Symphony Orchestra / Rattle @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sam Smith

The LSO perform an all-Stravinsky programme in the heart of Kensington

Don Giovanni @ Nevill Holt Opera, Market Harborough

by Sam Smith

An innovative take on Mozart’s classic fills the hills of Leicestershire with 17th century rituals

BBC Proms: BBC Singers / Feshareki / Jeannin @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

An ambient concert from the BBC Proms curated by the BBC Singers and Shiva Feshareki, pairing Renaissance works with contemporary pieces

BBC Proms: Manchester Collective / Singh @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

A contemporary nod to the Baroque at the BBC Proms

BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic / Glassberg @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

‘A Night at the Opera’ was the subject of this BBC Prom

BBC Proms: Marian Consort / McCleery @ Cadogan Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

A cleverly crafted programme of the music of Josquin des Prez and his followers writing in praise of the Virgin Mary

Anything Goes @ Barbican Theatre, London

by Sam Smith

A show that reminds us live theatre is really back, and just how good it can be

La traviata @ Nevill Holt Opera, Market Harborough

by Sam Smith

A newly revamped Nevill Holt Opera allows a larger audience to enjoy wonderful music

The Cunning Little Vixen @ Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough

by Sam Smith

Longborough’s 2021 season concludes with a production representing a new direction for its Emerging Artist programme