Classical and Opera Features
Die Walküre

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

Crowe / Tillbrook @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Owing to Covid-19, the Wigmore Hall is closed, but not silent as a series of live lunchtime concerts is launched in collaboration with BBC Radio...

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

Gloriana @ Royal Opera House, London (online)

by Sam Smith

The magic of streaming allows Sam Smith to revisit a classic Royal Opera production

Spotlight: Stile Antico tackle Spem in Alium in lockdown

by Barry Creasy

Relying on group meetings, choral music performance is in turmoil. These early music specialists have a technological solution

Why I Love… Carlo Bergonzi

by Simon Thomas

Our series moves to performers, as Simon Thomas explains his love for a great tenor

Garsington in lockdown: long-distance fixes of the operatic kind

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington may be down, but they’re not out, as the festival’s streaming service Garsington Opera At Home gears up

Gerhaher / Huber @ Staatsoper, Munich (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

With venues closed, Melanie Eskenazi finds that live musical treats can still be had

Why I Love… The Monteverdi Vespers

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy tells us what makes the Vespers so special

Why I Love… La traviata

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith explains what makes a production of Verdi’s 1853 classic work

Così fan tutte @ Royal Opera House, London (online)

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith compares Cosìs, as the Royal Opera streams a classic production

Concert In Memoriam Sir Peter Jonas @ Staatsoper, Munich (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi attends a live performance without leaving her sofa

Why I Love… Winterreise

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi guides us to Schubert’s definitive Lockdown Lieder in the latest of our series on private music passions

Loss in translation? Opera surtitles and the right to choose

by Simon Thomas

Is coronavirus lockdown the perfect time to learn a language for the sake of opera? Simon Thomas recalls the introduction of surtitles and asks whether...

Why I Love… The Rite Of Spring

by Benjamin Poore

Our series on personal music passions takes on Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, a work which happens to you, says Benjamin Poore

Why I Love… Martinů

by Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas continues our series on personal operatic passions, looking at the works of Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinů