Opera and Classical Reviews
Konstantin Krimmel

Konstantin Krimmel / Malcolm Martineau @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Melanie Eskenazi

A last minute replacement at the Wigmore Hall delivers. Melanie Eskenazi is impressed



Christian Gerhaher / Gerold Huber @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

Live, audience attended concerts are back at the Wigmore Hall. Keith McDonnell can barely contain his joy

Proms 2020 Live: The Last Night of the Proms @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sam Smith

The 2020 BBC Proms is over. It was a Prom season like no other. Sam Smith saw it out

Proms 2020 Live: Aurora Orchestra / Collon @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy continues our coverage of the live BBC Proms

7 Deaths of Maria Callas @ Bavarian State Opera, Munich

by Keith McDonnell

Bavarian State Opera continues its live attended opera performances. Keith McDonnell was there

Die Zauberflöte @ Bavarian State Opera, Munich

by Keith McDonnell

Bavarian State Opera makes a triumphant return to audience attended live performance. Keith McDonnell was moved to tears

Proms 2020 Live: LSO / Uchida / Rattle @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

A programme of contrasts in the latest Live BBC Prom. Barry Creasy explains

Proms 2020 Live: The Symphonic Organ @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms are finally underway. Barry Creasy was there (virtually)

Pavel Kolesnikov / Samson Tsoy @ Bold Tendencies, London

by Steven Johnson

Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy perform Messiaen’s Visions De L’Amen in a former car park in Peckham, with energising, moving results

First Night of the BBC Proms 2020

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms are back. Barry Creasy tells us they’re anything but ordinary this year

Iestyn Davies / Elizabeth Kenny @ St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Virtual performance continues to lift our spritis. Melanie Eskenazi is grateful

Various singers / Keval Shah: Italienisches Liederbuch @ YouTube

by Melanie Eskenazi

There is still great music to be found online. Melanie Eskenazi enjoys some Wolf

Mark Padmore / Mitsuko Uchida @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Winterreise is the last of Wigmore Hall’s live lunchtime recitals. Melanie Eskenazi will miss these performances

Iestyn Davies / Elizabeth Kenny @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

This is the last week of Wigmore Hall’s live concerts via the internet. Melanie Eskenazi continues to be delighted

Clayton / Baillieu @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

From the comfort of her living room, Melanie Eskenazi is once again visiting the Wigmore Hall

Tynan / Burnside @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Barry Creasy

Wigmore Hall’s live streamed recitals continue. Barry Creasy tuned in

Williams / Middleton @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Our coverage of the Wigmore Hall and BBC Radio 3’s live lunchtime concert series continues. Melanie Eskenazi was there (virtually)

Book Review: Beethoven – A Life in Nine Pieces by Laura Tunbridge

by Benjamin Poore

Benjamin Poore finds plenty of shared love for an iconic composer

Crowe / Tillbrook @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Owing to Covid-19, the Wigmore Hall is closed, but not silent as a series of live lunchtime concerts is launched in collaboration with BBC Radio...

Gloriana @ Royal Opera House, London (online)

by Sam Smith

The magic of streaming allows Sam Smith to revisit a classic Royal Opera production

Gerhaher / Huber @ Staatsoper, Munich (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

With venues closed, Melanie Eskenazi finds that live musical treats can still be had