Opera and Classical Reviews
L'amico Fritz

L’amico Fritz @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

Holland Park provides a master class in how to raise a pleasant and enjoyable opera to an entirely new level



La rondine @ West Green House Opera, Hartley Wintney

by Sam Smith

A contender for the most beautiful summer opera venue in the country just got more beautiful

Howard Goodall’s Invictus: A Passion @ West Green House Opera, Hartley Wintney

by Sam Smith

A series of firsts launches West Green House Opera’s 2021 summer season in style

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance @ Royal Opera House, London

by Benjamin Poore

Every year, the Royal Opera showcases up-and-coming talent

The Cunning Little Vixen @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

It may have had to contend with COVID-19, but this ‘back to basics’ production of The Cunning Little Vixen could not be more delightful if it tried

Don Giovanni @ Royal Opera House, London

by Keith McDonnell

A Mozart revival at the Royal Opera is more than welcome

Così fan tutte @ Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough

by Sam Smith

As Longborough’s 2021 season moves beyond Wagner, a new venue takes centre-stage and the fun flows freely

Eugene Onegin @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Love, loss, dancing and a duel. What more can you want from an opera? Garsington’s Eugene Onegin delivers

La Cenerentola @ The Grange Festival, Northington

by Melanie Eskenazi

The Grange Festival gives us another hit with La Cenerentola

Ivan the Terrible @ Grange Park Opera, West Horsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

A jewel set in Surrey, Grange Park Opera house was the scene for Rimsky-Korsakov’s drama

A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Grange Festival, Northington

by Melanie Eskenazi

A rainy night in Hampshire was more than a Midsummer Night’s dream

Der Rosenkavalier @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington Opera triumphs again with a perfect Strauss production

Amadigi @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington Opera delights with a rarely performed Handel work

La Bohème @ Royal Opera House, London

by Keith McDonnell

Covid, schmovid… The Royal Opera is back despite continuing restrictions

Gilchrist / Tilbrook – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

The Leeds Lieder Festival came to a close for this year. This lunchtime recital was one of the highlights

Britten, The Five Canticles – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town H...

by Melanie Eskenazi

A wonderful chance to hear Britten performed in a wonderful venue

Coote / Blackshaw – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

Leeds Lieder Festival is live again, staged in the beautiful Victoria Hall, which is a star in itself

The Marriage of Figaro @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

Director Oliver Platt brought Don Giovanni to Holland Park in 2017 and Così fan tutte a year later, but no one could have foreseen the circumstances under which he would end up staging ‘Figaro’

La traviata @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

La traviata is back at Opera Holland Park. It is different but, if anything, even better than before

London Sinfonietta / Mark Padmore @ Kings Place, London

by Benjamin Poore

Kings Place was host to a concert of English music fronted by the London Sinfonietta

Die Walküre @ Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough

by Sam Smith

Das Rheingold appeared at Longborough in 2019, but the two year wait for the second instalment in Wagner’s Ring Cycle was definitely worth it