Opera + Classical Music Features

Preview: Opera in the regions – Autumn 2023

by Melanie Eskenazi

Seasons come and go, but good music continues all around Britain

De Mowbray Music Festival 2023 Preview – a small but perfectly formed celebration of ...

by Melanie Eskenazi

Head North for an eclectic Festival in a beautiful market town

Q&A: Bruno Ravella on Garsington Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington Opera’s new production of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos opens soon. In mid-rehearsal, its director found time to talk to us

2023 Yorkshire Summer Music Festivals preview – something for everyone

by Melanie Eskenazi

Every summer, God’s own county hosts some of the most splendid music in the land

BBC Proms 2023 Preview – back to normal Part 2

by Barry Creasy

A round up of this year’s BBC Proms season, that includes Simon Rattle’s swan song, celebrations of Rachmaninov, Pejačević, Ligeti, Byrd and Coleridge-Taylor, 23 premieres and an expansion into all four nations of the UK

Preview: Opera Holland Park’s 2023 Season is as varied as it is accessible  

by Sam Smith

An eclectic programme from the festival Londoners can find on their doorstep

Preview: Leeds Lieder Festival 2023 – Touches of Sweet Harmony

by Melanie Eskenazi

Look North for some of the finest music in the UK

Preview: Summer Festival Operas 2023 – Looking forward to great productions at Th...

by Melanie Eskenazi

In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love

Longborough Festival Opera’s 2023 season includes everything from Monteverdi to Wagner

by Sam Smith

A varied programme that focuses on the 17th and 19th centuries

Nevill Holt Opera celebrates its 10th anniversary with a summer season and much more be...

by Sam Smith

Productions of three operas in June represent just one part of the company’s output

West Green House Opera’s 2023 season offers variety and enchantment

by Sam Smith

The festival that came out of COVID-19 stronger than ever promises to hit the heights once more

Classical Preview: Q1 2023

by MusicOMH

It’s that time of year again; “Winter, the paragon of art, / That kills all forms of life and feeling / Save what is pure and will survive” (Roy Campbell) Despite the miserable weather there’s...

Thanks to Government funding cuts, Glyndebourne will not be touring in 2023

by Melanie Eskenazi

Established arts organisations are baffled by reduction and removal of essential funding. Is opera in the UK at a crossroads or a dead end?

Small and agile may be one way forward for opera companies: The Opera Story’s The Yel...

by Barry Creasy

In the world of opera, small can be beautiful

ACE funding: Is ‘levelling up’ in classical music and opera robbing Peter t...

by Barry Creasy

OPINION: Former Tory Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries wanted to ‘level up’ arts funding. With Arts Council of England announcing huge cuts to ENO and others, we look at the impact on classical music and opera...

Nevill Holt Opera’s 2022 winter festival promises candlelit magic

by Sam Smith

Everything from saxophone concertos to beloved oratorios

Monteverdi’s Orfeo in contrasting productions from Garsington and Opera North

by Melanie Eskenazi

The undisputed hit of the 2022 Summer Opera Festival season was Garsington Opera’s production of Monteverdi’s great work: we were enchanted with it on the first night – and a rare unanimity was obvious from...

Iestyn Davies interview – On An Anatomy of Melancholy, exploring Dowland, depress...

by Barry Creasy

“I don’t try to think of myself as an Early Musician… I want it to feel like a song I could sing to a member of Jo[e] public who hasn’t heard a lute song before”

Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2022: Reflections on the first full-scale summer season in ...

by Sam Smith

Memories of the last few months mingle with excitement for the tour and a number of encores

Thirsk Hall Festival 2022: It’s not just All Creatures Great and Small

by Melanie Eskenazi

Forget about bovine dramas for a while – this market town has other claims to fame

Four evenings of jubilant music making in Berlin

by Keith McDonnell

The Berliner Philharmoniker, Der Schatzgräber and Jenůfa with Elektra to come