Opera + Classical Music Features

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

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

Preview: It’s Summer Festival time 2022! ‘The Four Gs’ – Glyndebourne, Garsingt...

by Melanie Eskenazi

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

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

Harrison Birtwistle: A Reflection

by MusicOMH

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

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

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

Longborough Festival Opera’s 2022 Season isn’t just about Wagner

by Sam Smith

The third instalment of the Ring Cycle rubs shoulders with works by Bizet, Korngold, Francesca Caccini and Freya Waley-Cohen

West Green House Opera’s 2022 season takes place on a lake

by Sam Smith

COVID-19 demanded changes to the festival last year, but these proved so successful that the venue is sticking with them

Nevill Holt Opera’s 2022 season has something for everyone

by Sam Smith

More events accompany the two main operas at this venue than ever before

Stephen Sondheim: A Reflection

by MusicOMH

For well over half a century his brilliance as a composer and lyricist generated magic. Our writers pay tribute to his genius by recalling six nights in the theatre that will live long in the...

La traviata – Three Sopranos’ Views

by Keith McDonnell

As the Royal Opera revives its production of La traviata we talk to three of the leading ladies about their take on the role of Violetta

Bernard Haitink: An appreciation

by Keith McDonnell

‘Modest’, ‘self-effacing’, a ‘musicians’ musician’ – these are just some of the epithets used to describe the great Dutch conductor, Bernard Haitink

Project Ring @ Linbury Theatre, London

by Keith McDonnell

A behind-the-scenes look at opera preparation at the Royal Opera

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