Opera + Classical Music Reviews


A brilliantly timed UK première of Tan Dun’s ‘Buddha Passion’

by Barry Creasy

The Royal Festival Hall celebrates the Year of the Rabbit

Handel in Italy: Carolyn Sampson and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra

by Barry Creasy

Pyrotechnic Handel at Wigmore Hall

All French but considerably varied: Three Violin Sonatas from Elena Urioste and Tom Pos...

by Sam Smith

Well and lesser known works rubbed shoulders in this first rate recital

Least Like the Other: Irish National Opera’s 70 minute take on Rosemary Kennedy is mu...

by Keith McDonnell

A horror story brought frighteningly to life

The Amatis Piano Trio proves the best things come in threes at the Wigmore Hall  

by Sam Smith

Is this the ultimate Romantic and romantic trio from Robert Schumann?

Katya Kabanova: Simon Rattle conducts a shattering performance with the LSO and an unbe...

by Keith McDonnell

Amanda Majeski is heartbreaking as Janáček’s doomed heroine

The Magic Flute: A new cast brings dramatic vitality to The Royal Opera’s revival of ...

by Keith McDonnell

David McVicar’s classic staging still delights, 20 years later

A slightly foggy Christmas from Charpentier and Les Arts Florissants

by Barry Creasy

Some highs and lows of Charpentier’s Christmas music at the Barbican

Two choral masterpieces put the LSO Chorus through their paces at the Barbican

by Keith McDonnell

Rattle brings a wealth of experience to Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and Brahms’ German Requiem

The Magic Flute: Two stars shine in the Royal Opera’s revival of Mozart’s classic t...

by Keith McDonnell

Does a new cast bring enough magic to Mozart’s opera? David McVicar’s staging of Mozart’s hugely popular singspiel has been delighting Covent Garden audiences for almost 20 years, and it’s not hard to see why....

Solomon’s Knot present Kuhnau’s Christmas Cantatas at Wigmore Hall

by Barry Creasy

A ‘lost’ Baroque composer is explored in London’s finest recital venue

Ex Cathedra wish everyone a Merry Christmas in a stylish concert tour

by Barry Creasy

Ex Cathedra bring their slickly performed touring Yuletide concert to London

Keeping Christmas in its heart: Benedict Sheehan’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

by Barry Creasy

Even Scrooge would have liked this seasonal performance

Tosca: Romaniw & de Tommaso set the Covent Garden stage alight with thrilling singing

by Keith McDonnell

For the first time in nearly 60 years, two Brits star in the leading roles at the Royal Opera

Inspiring Bach: Spiritato with The Marian Consort – Music both divine and martial

by Melanie Eskenazi

York Early Music Centre resounds with trumpets for Christmas

‘A Renaissance Christmas’: Stile Antico’s sublime sounds at London’s newest mus...

by Barry Creasy

A flying start to the season of Christmas concerts

Sinfonia of London review: John Wilson’s hand-picked orchestra excels in a superb eve...

by Keith McDonnell

Making its Barbican debut, the Sinfonia of London was firing on all cylinders, resulting in one of the finest concerts of the year

Manchester Camerata and Jess Gillam bring magic and class to Nevill Holt Opera’s wint...

by Sam Smith

A quality programme with just a touch of Christmassy sparkle

It’s A Wonderful Life review: ENO serves up a festive helping of Americana

by Keith McDonnell

Part opera, part musical, did Heggie’s adaptation of Capra’s classic film pack a similar emotional punch?

LPO celebrates its 90th anniversary with Vaughan Williams and Tippett

by Barry Creasy

Gardner and the LPO ensure Child of Our Time and Serenade to Music remain topical favourites