Classical and Opera Features
Bavarian State Opera

Where there’s a will… How the Bavarian State Opera is coping during the pandemic

by Keith McDonnell

Live opera with an audience is possible. Keith McDonnell traveled to Munich to see for himself



Why I Love… Ariadne auf Naxos

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith considers how a flawed first version of Ariadne auf Naxos went on to produce a...

Preview: Opera Holland Park’s August 2020 Performances

by Sam Smith

Continuing our series on how summer opera festivals are adjusting to Covid-19, Sam Smith looks at two events coming up at Holland Park in early...

Why I love… Saul

by Barry Creasy

In our continuing series, Barry Creasy explores Handel’s oratorio Saul, to be broadcast as part of the BBC Proms

Preview: Fidelio @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Opera venues are starting to open with performances attended by audiences. Melanie Eskenazi tells us about one coming up

Preview: Nevill Holt Opera’s New 2020 Season

by Sam Smith

Opera Houses around the country continue to find innovative solutions to lockdown. Sam Smith tells us the latest

Previews: Eboracum Baroque – Heroic Handel & The Ryedale Festival

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi alerts us to two virtual musical events coming soon to a screen near you

Why I Love… Tosca

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith reveals his admiration for one of Puccini’s most loved works

Preview: Garsington Opera 2021 – and a concert from Wormsley to enjoy now

by Melanie Eskenazi

There is opera to look forward to and gems to savour now. Melanie Eskenazi explains. One of the saddest cancellations of 2020 was the season...

Preview: York Early Music Festival 2020 Online

by Melanie Eskenazi

Despite the partial lifting of lockdown, classical venues remain closed. But, as Melanie Eskenazi has found, there is still much musical enjoyment to be had...

Preview: BBC Proms 2020

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms this year will be like no other. Barry Creasy gives us a preview

Why I Love… Götterdämmerung

by Benjamin Poore

Our look at Wagner’s Ring Cycle concludes with Benjamin Poore’s take on this epic work

Connecting Stars: Supporting Isolated People and Struggling Artists

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith discovers an innovative project that helps our most vulnerable during the pandemic

Why I Love… Siegfried

by Simon Thomas

Continuing in our series, Simon Thomas guides us through part three of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Why I Love… Die Walküre

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith explains why Die Walküre is his favourite opera in the tetralogy of the Ring Cycle

Stream classical music and opera at home: this month’s picks

by Barry Creasy

A timely update on classical music offerings from the major London venues

Why I Love… Das Rheingold

by Keith McDonnell

Our ‘Why I Love’ series now tackles Wagner’s Ring Cycle. First up – Keith McDonnell’s thoughts on Das Rheingold

Why I Love… Salieri

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ musical passions, Sam Smith explains his admiration for a composer who is still too often maligned Although it is...

Q&A: London Handel Festival’s Samir Savant

by Barry Creasy

Samir Savant, Director of The London Handel Festival, discusses lockdown and the future of the Festival

Stephen Hough: Composing in lockdown

by Benjamin Poore

Benjamin Poore talks to composer Stephen Hough about coping with lockdown and his forthcoming performance at Wigmore Hall Lockdown is Stephen Hough’s first real break...

The show must go on: Mark Simpson on composing in isolation

by Benjamin Poore

Lockdown hasn’t got everyone down. Benjamin Poore talks to composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson