Opera and Classical Reviews
Lauren Fagan

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

Preview: Edinburgh International Festival 2021

by Melanie Eskenazi

Classical music takes centre stage as the Edinburgh International Festival returns to live attended performances

Q&A: Bruno Ravella on Garsington Opera’s Der Rosenkavalier

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington Opera at Wormsley opens with a new production of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. We spoke with its director.

Q&A: Alexander Chance on Grange Festival’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by Melanie Eskenazi

We speak with Alexander Chance about making his operatic debut in the Grange Festival’s new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Preview: BBC Proms 2021

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms are back with audience attendance. Here’s the programme lineup

Winterreise: Padmore / Kolesnikov @ The Ragged Music Festival, London

by Benjamin Poore

Schubert’s great work is presented in an ideal setting

La corona @ St John’s, Smith Square, London

by Sam Smith

Live audiences may be back, but those who missed out on Bampton Classical Opera’s latest performance can still catch it online

Synchron Stage Orchestra / Johannes Vogel: Brahms @ On Air

by Benjamin Poore

Streaming performance continues even after the return of live music. It’s the best of both worlds

Preview: English National Opera 2021-22

by Keith McDonnell

An exciting season of live opera awaits at the London Coliseum

The Individual Heart: London Symphony Orchestra / Reynolds @ LSO St Luke’s, London

by Barry Creasy

The London Symphony Orchestra under Lee Reynolds in a programme of Percy Grainger

Stile Antico: Spotlights (Ramsey, Lobo, Taverner, Palestrina)

by Barry Creasy

Stile Antico explore four works by Early Music composers in more episodes of their ‘Spotlight’ series

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