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Madama Butterfly @ Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes

by Melanie Eskenazi

It might seem odd for Glyndebourne to begin its 2018 season with a popular opera in a production already seen on the Tour, although the…



BBC Symphony Orchestra / Rieder @ Barbican Hall, London


This concert was originally planned to take place in February 2017 but, when Jonas Kaufmann fell ill during his residency at the Barbican, it had...

Histoires Sacrées @ St John’s Smith Square, London


We know little about Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Histoires Sacrées, other that they seem to have been influenced by his visit, in his mid-twenties, to Rome, where...

Effigies of Wickedness! @ Gate Theatre, London


This co-production between English National Opera and the Gate Theatre, presented in the latter’s Notting Hill home, focuses on songs that were banned by the...

Orfeo ed Euridice @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


There could have been no better way to end the first weekend of the London Festival of Baroque Music 2018 than with a seminal work...

Pearse / Lepper @ Wigmore Hall, London


This afternoon concert was the London-based Australian baritone’s debut solo recital, in which he was accompanied with sophisticated skill by Simon Lepper. Morgan Pearse has...

Parry Anniversary Concert @ Royal Festival Hall, London


To begin with, a cavil: if your aim is to mark the 100th anniversary of Hubert Parry’s death, then the programme should consist of Parry’s...

Mahan Esfahani @ Wigmore Hall, London


This was the third concert in a planned sixteen-strong series, in which Mahan Esfahani will perform every piece that J. S. Bach wrote for the...

Holst Singers @ St Peter’s Eaton Square, London


A few words of advice to choirs hiring churches for concerts might be given after the Holst Singers’ ‘Muscular to Mystical’ on Thursday evening: choose...

Chess @ Coliseum, London


Chess, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderrson’s 1980s musical, is a story about the board game, love and the Cold War. Capturing ideological tensions through a...

Powerplant: The Filthy Fifteen @ Barbican Milton Court, London


Tuesday night’s concert in The Barbican’s The Art of Change season was an exhilarating and eclectic mix of contemporary works for augmented percussion realised by...

4.48 Psychosis @ Lyric Hammersmith, London


4.48 Psychosis was the last play that Sarah Kane wrote before her tragic suicide in 1999, and was performed for the first time in 2000....

Matthias Goerne / Seong-Jin Cho @ Wigmore Hall, London


Matthias Goerne, now at the very peak of his powers, has chosen his accompanists from amongst the most eminent; Seong-Jin Cho must surely be the...

Orchestral Concert @ Royal Opera House, London


An appropriate subtitle for this concert from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano, would have been ‘Sorrow...

Gregory Rose at 70 @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


Gregory Rose is best known as the founder of the contemporary-music group Singcircle (who performed their swansong with Stockhausen’s Stimmung in November last year), but...

Occasional Oratorio @ St George’s, Hanover Square, London


The 2018 London Handel Festival closed with a performance of the composer’s Occasional Oratorio HWV 62, so called because it was written in response to...

Philharmonia @ Royal Festival Hall, London


The items in Sunday evening’s Philharmonia concert formed a strange mix: Biber’s 1673 La Battalia, Beethoven’s second symphony from 1802 and Unsuk Chin’s 2016 work...

Homage to ‘Switched-On Bach’ – Art of Moog @ Kings Place, London


“Plugging into the Steinway of the future” declared the American magazine Newsweek in 1968 about Switched-On Bach, Wendy Carlos’ first album of J S Bach’s...

Teseo @ St George’s, Hanover Square, London


Handel’s Teseo HWV 9 was immensely popular on its premiere, enjoying thirteen performances between January and May 1713, and even surviving theatre manager Owen Swiny...

Giulio Cesare @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


Although Giulio Cesare is an opera that lends itself quite readily to being staged, this concert performance from the Early Opera Company, conducted by Christian...

Fairest Isle @ Wigmore Hall, London


If you created an iTunes playlist entitled ‘English Music’ and set it on shuffle for fourteen items, you’d probably end up with something akin to...