Opera + Classical Music Reviews

Margot la Rouge and Le Villi make a compelling double bill at Opera Holland Park

by Sam Smith

Puccini may eclipse Delius on this occasion, but it still creates a double thrill



Prom 7: A memorable Dido and Aeneas from La Nuova Musica

by Benjamin Poore

David Bates leads an all-star cast in a poised performance that withstood the heat

Prom 6: Andrew Davis and the BBC Philharmonic provide the perfect antidote to a swelter...

by Barry Creasy

A baking Albert Hall hosts a blazing performance

BBC Proms: Verdi’s Requiem features on the first night at the Royal Albert Hall

by Keith McDonnell

Back to normal as an open house greets the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo

Pretoria comes to London: TUKS Camerata and VOCES8 present the closing concert at 2022...

by Barry Creasy

Musical hemispheric crossover delights in London

Otello: The devil has all the best tunes in The Royal Opera’s revival of Verdi’s ma...

by Keith McDonnell

A reappearance of jealousy and lust delights in Covent Garden

Carmen proves unstoppable at Longborough Festival Opera

by Sam Smith

Massive cast changes and performance restructuring cannot disrupt Carmen

Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci: A sultry evening of lust, jealousy and revenge

by Keith McDonnell

An ever-changing cast triumphs at the Royal Opera

The Turn of the Screw is pitch perfect at Garsington Opera

by Sam Smith

The production begins in the light, but where will it end?

The Yeomen of the Guard brings the Tower of London to The Grange Festival

by Sam Smith

A production defined by a dramatic gesture from a dramatic jester

Parsifal makes a thrilling return to London after an absence of nine years

by Keith McDonnell

Opera North travels south and brings Wagner with them

Tamerlano: A spiked cocktail of love, lust and power

by Melanie Eskenazi

The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon…

The Barber of Seville is razor sharp at Nevill Holt Opera

by Sam Smith

A strong attention to detail makes for good quality fun

Rusalka: Drown your sorrows in this lily pond

by Melanie Eskenazi

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink… “I come into the presence of still water. / And I feel above me the day-blind stars / Waiting for their light.” (Wendell Berry) Garsington Opera’s brilliant...

Die tote Stadt packs a punch at Longborough Festival Opera

by Sam Smith

Passion and drama in the most intimate of settings

Madama Butterfly: How do you solve a problem like Cio-Cio San?

by Keith McDonnell

A revamped butterfly effect onstage in Covent Garden

Otello: The green-eyed monster lives in West Horsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Less is Moor at Grange Park Opera

Newly resurrected 16th century polyphony from the newly formed Chineke! Voices makes a ...

by Barry Creasy

Little heard Lusitano features at St Martin-in-the-Fields

The Excursions of Mr Brouček: Brace yourselves – Così fan tutte it isn’t

by Melanie Eskenazi

Too much ‘Art’ – not enough sausage


Theodora: the show must go on

by Melanie Eskenazi

Drama, onstage and off, marks the beginning of an enterprising festival