Opera and Classical Reviews
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BBC Proms: London Symphony Orchestra / Rattle @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sam Smith

The LSO perform an all-Stravinsky programme in the heart of Kensington



Don Giovanni @ Nevill Holt Opera, Market Harborough

by Sam Smith

An innovative take on Mozart’s classic fills the hills of Leicestershire with 17th century rituals

BBC Proms: BBC Singers / Feshareki / Jeannin @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

An ambient concert from the BBC Proms curated by the BBC Singers and Shiva Feshareki, pairing Renaissance works with contemporary pieces

BBC Proms: Manchester Collective / Singh @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

A contemporary nod to the Baroque at the BBC Proms

BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic / Glassberg @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

‘A Night at the Opera’ was the subject of this BBC Prom

BBC Proms: Marian Consort / McCleery @ Cadogan Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

A cleverly crafted programme of the music of Josquin des Prez and his followers writing in praise of the Virgin Mary

Anything Goes @ Barbican Theatre, London

by Sam Smith

A show that reminds us live theatre is really back, and just how good it can be

La traviata @ Nevill Holt Opera, Market Harborough

by Sam Smith

A newly revamped Nevill Holt Opera allows a larger audience to enjoy wonderful music

The Cunning Little Vixen @ Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough

by Sam Smith

Longborough’s 2021 season concludes with a production representing a new direction for its Emerging Artist programme

Eugene Onegin @ West Green House Opera, Hartley Wintney

by Sam Smith

Tchaikovsky’s opera sees West Green House’s season on the lake end as strongly as it began

BBC Proms: Organ Recital / Baker @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Martin Baker plays Bach and his own improvisations on the Royal Albert Hall’s mighty organ at the BBC Proms

BBC Proms: ‘The Golden Age of Broadway’ – BBC Concert Orchestra / Balcombe @ ...

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms serve up Broadway hits at the Albert Hall

Gigi in Concert @ West Green House Opera, Hartley Wintney

by Sam Smith

A concert performance that enabled us to hear a well known musical in an entirely new way

BBC Proms: BBC SO / Stasevska @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms’ First Night serves up an emotional opener

L’amico Fritz @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

Holland Park provides a master class in how to raise a pleasant and enjoyable opera to an entirely new level

La rondine @ West Green House Opera, Hartley Wintney

by Sam Smith

A contender for the most beautiful summer opera venue in the country just got more beautiful

Howard Goodall’s Invictus: A Passion @ West Green House Opera, Hartley Wintney

by Sam Smith

A series of firsts launches West Green House Opera’s 2021 summer season in style

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance @ Royal Opera House, London

by Benjamin Poore

Every year, the Royal Opera showcases up-and-coming talent

The Cunning Little Vixen @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

It may have had to contend with COVID-19, but this ‘back to basics’ production of The Cunning Little Vixen could not be more delightful if it tried

Don Giovanni @ Royal Opera House, London

by Keith McDonnell

A Mozart revival at the Royal Opera is more than welcome

Così fan tutte @ Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough

by Sam Smith

As Longborough’s 2021 season moves beyond Wagner, a new venue takes centre-stage and the fun flows freely