Opera + Classical Music Reviews

Tavener Remembered review – BBC Singers perform works by John Tavener and his contemporaries

by Barry Creasy

A breathtaking venue, excellent performances, an enjoyable programme, and an apposite tribute to a much-loved composer



Jephtha review – the Royal Opera’s staging of Handel’s oratorio makes for a gloom...

by Barry Creasy

Metaphors abound in Oliver Mears’ production: some lumberingly intentional, others unfortunately and accidentally apposite

Respighi Opera Double Bill review – the Guildhall School of Music & Drama perfor...

by Sam Smith

Ingenious stagings of some unusual and interesting pieces

Esther Yoo and Jae Hong Park review – a dazzling display of technique and virtuosity ...

by Sam Smith

The concert lasted a lunchtime, the memory will last a lifetime

7 Deaths of Maria Callas review – ENO gives the UK premiere of Marina Abramović’s ...

by Keith McDonnell

Marking the centenary of Callas’ birth, English National Opera mounts an homage to the Greek diva with mixed results

‘A Prayer for Deliverance’ – a meticulously performed concert of choral music for...

by Barry Creasy

A cappella music on the theme of ‘rest’ – in its broadest sense – performed with sensitivity and accuracy by one of the UK’s most high-profile choral groups

Lohengrin review – an outstanding revival at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

by Keith McDonnell

Kasper Holten turns the story of Lohengrin on its head and delivers a staging of elemental power that’s gloriously performed in Berlin. A stranger answers the plea of a distraught woman who’s been wrongly accused...

Der fliegende Holländer review – Wagner’s seafaring tale returns to the Deutsche Oper

by Keith McDonnell

Christian Spuck’s dark, engrossing staging of Der fliegende Holländer is thrillingly sung in Berlin.

Autumn Leaves: a celebration of the season from Lucy Crowe and Anna Tilbrook

by Barry Creasy

With songs from Schubert through to Joseph Kosma, the soprano and pianist bring an autumnal atmosphere to Wigmore Hall

Death and Transfiguration – Strauss, Ravel and León from LPO and Canellakis

by Barry Creasy

The LPO welcomed Tania Léon with a UK première of her piece Horizons; the programme also included two of Richard Strauss’ early tone poems, and Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand with pianist Cédric Tiberghien

La traviata review – English National Opera delivers a gripping account of one of Ver...

by Keith McDonnell

This remarkably sung, dramatically alert performance of La traviata shows ENO performing at the very top of its game

Il trittico review – three for the price of one in Vienna

by Melanie Eskenazi

Puccini runs the gamut of emotions with his short, but intense ensemble pieces, brought to life by the Wiener Staatsoper

Britten Sinfonia and Elizabeth Watts review – a captivating evening of music for stri...

by Barry Creasy

The soprano joins the string section to present a cleverly curated set of contrasting works at Milton Court

Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno review – The English Concert shines at the Wigmore Hall

by Sam Smith

Harry Bicket leads a superlative performance of this most engaging of cantatas

Rigoletto review – Oliver Mears’ staging is back at The Royal Opera House

by Keith McDonnell

The danger and drama that had made this Rigoletto so enthralling when new was sadly lacking in this latest revival at Covent Garden

Iolanthe review – a riotous evening of fairy magic at ENO

by Keith McDonnell

English National Opera revives Cal McCrystal’s zany, irreverent staging of this Gilbert and Sullivan classic, that has us rolling in the aisles

Masque of Might review – recycled Purcell saves the planet

by Melanie Eskenazi

David Pountney and Opera North delight with a spectacle of stagecraft and music

Emilio de’ Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo review – Vox Lumini...

by Sam Smith

A contender for the first ever opera and a highly compelling piece

Armida Quartet review – Mendelssohn, Mozart and Robert Schumann at the Wigmore Hall

by Sam Smith

A delightful Sunday morning concert in the most intimate of settings

Falstaff review – horny in more ways than one

by Melanie Eskenazi

Opera North kicks off its 2023-24 season and proves that Verdi really does mean ‘green’

Picture a day like this review – Benjamin’s little operatic gem

by Keith McDonnell

The Royal Opera presents the UK premiere of George Benjamin’s latest opera which exerts a hypnotic spell