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Anna Dennis

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


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


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


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


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


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...

The Angel Esmeralda @ Silk Street Theatre, London


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,...

NHK Symphony Orchestra / Jäarvi @ Royal Festival Hall, London


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


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


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


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


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


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...

Luisa Miller @ Coliseum, London


Verdi’s Luisa Miller is rarely staged in London, so this production from German-based Czech director Barbora Horáková, a longtime collaborator of Calixto Bieito, was sure...

The Bach Choir @ Royal Festival Hall, London


The chapter John Eliot Gardiner dedicates to Bach’s B Minor Mass in his book on the composer is titled ‘The Art of Perfection’. The Mass...

Lise Davidsen @ Barbican Hall, London


Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen sang Ariadne at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2017 and Freia, Ortlinde and Third Norn in Covent Garden’s 2018 Ring Cycle. Many...

LPO / Jurowski @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Beethoven here, Beethoven there – in fact he’s everywhere this year as the musical world throws itself headlong into Beethoven 250. It is, of course,...

OAE / Fischer @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Iván Fischer is renowned for re-examining familiar works, deconstructing them and even reconfiguring the orchestra, with players seated where you wouldn’t normally expect to see...

Raabe / Israel @ Wigmore Hall, London


Max Raabe is mostly known for being the vocalist for Das Palast Orchester and their interpretations of ‘swing-style’ music from the Weimar Republic of the...

The Marriage of Figaro @ Grand Theatre, Leeds


Opera North’s genuinely funny, true ‘company’ version of Mozart’s great work would be an ideal introduction to opera as well as a definite crowd pleaser...

Royal Holloway in Concert @ St John’s Smith Square, London


Over the past decade, the choir of Royal Holloway under Rupert Gough has made a name for itself, releasing 15 albums to date, not a...