Classical and Opera Features
La bohème

Why I Love… La bohème

by Sam Smith

In the first of a new series on our writers’ operatic passions, Sam Smith explains why Puccini’s 1896 opera never fails to entrance

#OperaHarmony: Opera in the Time of Coronavirus

by Sam Smith

Homemade ‘micro-operitas’ pair composers with librettists to create pieces on the themes of distance or community

LSO / Noseda @ Always Playing (YouTube)

by Barry Creasy

During coronavirus lockdown, the LSO are making concerts from their digital archive available

Lockdown Listening: Classical and Opera in the time of coronavirus

by Melanie Eskenazi

musicOMH’s classical team is here to help you in these pandemical times

Coronavirus and classical music: not silent, merely muted

by Barry Creasy

With no live opera or concerts for the forseeable future, where can a classical fix be found?

Cupid and Death / Venus and Adonis @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Sam Smith

This concert from the Early Opera Company, conducted by Christian Curnyn, presented John Blow’s Venus and Adonis alongside excerpts from Christopher Gibbons and Matthew Locke’s Cupid and Death....

Parnasso in festa @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Sam Smith

Parnasso in festa, per li sponsali di Teti e Peleo, HWV73 of 1734 was the only full scale serenata, a type of opera intended to mark...

Pierre-Laurent Aimard @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

In Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus the late music of Beethoven is described as “an art that had overgrown itself”. Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s performance of the Hammerklavier...

Fidelio @ Royal Opera House, London

by Melanie Eskenazi

You that look pale, and tremble at this chance That are but mutes, or audience to this act… The connection between the witnesses to actions...

Platt / Shah @ St Oswald’s Church, Sowerby

by Melanie Eskenazi

Those of us lucky enough to live in Thirsk in North Yorkshire are not just fortunate in our Vet, our glorious surrounding scenery and our...

Spence / Middleton @ Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

This recital was both the final concert in the Leeds Lieder 2019-20 season, and a taster for the forthcoming 2020 Festival, which takes place over...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2020

by Sam Smith

Founded in 1998, Longborough Festival Opera is possibly the only summer opera venue in the United Kingdom that puts Wagner at the centre of its...

Preview: Grange Park Opera 2020

by Melanie Eskenazi

Since the move to West Horsley Place in 2017, Grange Park Opera has re-established itself as one of the essential destinations for audiences who love...

The Angel Esmeralda @ Silk Street Theatre, London

by Sam Smith

The Angel Esmeralda is a new opera, adapted from Don DeLillo’s eponymous short story by former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson,...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2020

by Sam Smith

While part of the delight of Glyndebourne, Garsington and the Granges is the act of making a day of it, Opera Holland Park’s unique selling...

NHK Symphony Orchestra / Jäarvi @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

The Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Symphony Orchestra returned to London on Thursday with their Chief Conductor Paavo Järvi, to give excellent accounts of three works...

The Sixteen / Christophers @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Sam Smith

This concert by The Sixteen showed that it is slightly easier to divide two halves of an evening (broadly) between the religious and the secular,...

Street Scene @ Grand Theatre, Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

Opera North has scored another big hit with this superbly conducted, well sung and impeccably designed production of Kurt Weill’s ‘Broadway opera.’ In some ways...

The Turn Of The Screw @ Grand Theatre, Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

Opera North continues its superbly varied season with this revival of Alessandro Talevi’s much-praised production. Don’t go expecting the now fashionable onstage lake or much...

LSO / Rattle @ Barbican Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Part serial, part late-Romantic, Alban Berg’s violin concerto stands at a musical crossroads; the harbinger of 20th century Modernism, it needs to be fully inhabited...

Die Walküre @ Teatro Real, Madrid

by Keith McDonnell

The Teatro Real is assembling its Ring Cycle one opera per season, concluding in 2022, conveniently coinciding with the company’s silver jubilee. As yet there’s...