Opera and Classical Reviews

London Symphony Orchestra / Noseda @ LSO St Luke’s, London

by Barry Creasy

Strauss, Liszt and Rota feature in a remarkable performance by the LSO



Benjamin Grosvenor @ Barbican Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Online music resumes from the Barbican featuring a virtuosic pianist

OBS Easter Festival: St John Passion & Easter Oratorio @ Christ Church Cathedral, ...

by Melanie Eskenazi

It was not easy being deprived of live music over the long Easter weekend, but there is a way to enjoy it

Messiah Reimagined @ St George’s Hanover Square, London

by Barry Creasy

A brilliant transcontinental mosaic of Handel’s great work from The London Handel Festival

Stile Antico @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

“A consummate understanding of the idiom”. Stile Antico sing Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories at Wigmore Hall

‘Into the Hands of Sinners’ @ St John’s Smith Square, London

by Barry Creasy

Tenebrae Choir curate a moving choral summation of the events of Holy Week for the opening of the St John’s Smith Square Holy Week Festival

Music for Holy Week: Holy Monday – Penderecki’s ‘St Luke Passion’

by Barry Creasy

A more realistic portrayal of Golgotha: Penderecki’s St Luke Passion, enjoyed by Barry Creasy

Der Rosenkavalier @ Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

by Melanie Eskenazi

A stunning new Der Rosenkavalier premiered in Munich, despite Covid-19. Melanie Eskenazi witnessed the spectacle

Tynan / Tritschler / Baillieu @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy joins the celebration of St Patrick’s Day in songs with Irish connections at the Wigmore

Rudge / Glynn @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Roll out the vaccines. In the meantime, the Wigmore Hall is still operating virtually. Barry Creasy visits from the safety of his home

Danny Driver @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy experiences thoughtful intimacy from pianist Danny Driver

Louis Andriessen – The Only One

by Ben Hogwood

A compelling and intriguing – if short – work from the Dutch composer, premiered in 2019, for the centenary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Paterson @ Henry Wood Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy reviews these delightful arrangements of late Romantic music for Valentine’s Day

Fairest Isle: Music from 17th and 18th Century England – Eboracum Baroque @ King̵...

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi virtually attends a Baroque musical outing that lifts her spirits in lockdown.

Sunday Service Choir / Kanye West – Emmanuel

by Barry Creasy

A blended and well-controlled tone from Kanye West and the Sunday Service Choir

All Creation Waits: The Marian Consort @ Kings Place, London

by Benjamin Poore

Alas, attended live performance in London is ending for a while. Benjamin Poore sneaks in under the wire

The Cosmos: BBC SO / Stasevska / Cox @ Barbican Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy joins in the exploration of eternal questions through music, philosophy and science

Fidelio @ Opera North at Town Hall, Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi is uplifted by this wonderful concert staging in the most trying of times

Paul Guinery – Dicky Bird Hop

by Barry Creasy

No opportunity for some stylish flourish or rubato goes unnoticed. Paul Guinery plays British light music from the mid 20th century

Spiritato – The Taste Of This Nation

by Barry Creasy

A real feeling of physicality, and of the subtle differences in instrument timbres.

Alice Coote / Christian Blackshaw @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

Keith McDonnell beats the lockdown to witness the Wigmore Hall’s last attended recital for a while