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Hansel and Gretel @ Royal Opera House, London

by Melanie Eskenazi

With this production of Hansel and Gretel, The Royal Opera has decided to go for Gemütlichkeit rather than Grimm, so as not to scare the…



Candide @ Barbican Hall, London


It hardly seems a year since the London Symphony Orchestra, then under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, was commencing its celebrations of the centenary...

Nash Ensemble / Roderick Williams @ Wigmore Hall, London


The Nash Ensemble’s series German Romantics takes Beethoven as its starting point, since as E.T.A. Hoffman said, he is “…a purely romantic, and therefore truly...

Allegri Quartet @ King’s Place, London


Just how should one spend a Sunday evening in December when the need to lift spirits is as great as ever, but the annual round...

Academy of Ancient Music / Collins @ Milton Court Concert Hall, London


This was a perfectly balanced concert from the Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Michael Collins, in which Mozart formed the backbone to the evening...

Il Barbiere di Siviglia @ De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam


Davide Luciano has been wowing opera houses with his Figaro for a couple of years now, and his performance in Il Barbiere last Wednesday at...

Gerhaher / Huber @ Wigmore Hall, London


Christian Gerhaher has a beautiful voice, he is fortunate in his accompanist, he is clearly a very self-effacing fellow and he loves the music he...

Le Willis @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Puccini’s first opera is understood to be Le Villi, but until now anyone who has ever heard it would have been experiencing the two-act version,...

Le Concert de L’Hostel Dieu / Comte @ St John’s Smith Square, London


Holy Week in Naples has a historical tradition of being a musically turbid affair, with snatches of religious music from the open-doored churches mingling with...

Boesch / Martineau, Winterreise @ Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam


No one who had made their own winter journey to the Muziekgebouw’s beautiful Grote Zaal on this perishing evening, can possibly have been left untouched...

Connolly / Newby / Middleton @ Wigmore Hall, London


Sarah Connolly is hugely popular, and her brilliance and intuitive understanding of the material she presented was, as always to the fore. In Debussy’s Chansons...

BBC Symphony Orchestra / Brabbins / Kolesnikov @ Barbican Hall, London


The most noticeable thing about Pavel Kolesnikov, aside from his youth (he’s 29 but looks a lot younger), is the size of his hands. When...

LSO / Roth @ Barbican Hall, London


The first of the Barbican’s ‘Roots’ series kicked off on Sunday night with Ligeti’s surprisingly calm piece Lontano, a work which also received a performance...

The Silver Tassie @ Barbican Hall, London


Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, based on Seán O’Casey’s eponymous play, was written between 1997 and 1999 and premiered at English National Opera in 2000....

The Rake’s Progress @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress of 1951 and Hogarth’s paintings both chart the rise and fall of Tom Rakewell as he comes into wealth, is then...

Tenebrae / Connolly @ Wigmore Hall, London


The vocal group Tenebrae was joined by Dame Sarah Connolly and Eugene Asti on Wednesday evening in a celebration of the composer and poet Ivor...

La traviata @ Glyndebourne Tour, Lewes


Tom Cairns’ simple, direct production of Verdi’s best-loved work, here revived by James Hurley, makes the perfect introduction to opera – paired with Massenet’s Cendrillon...

The Triumph of Time and Truth @ King’s Place, London


Handel originally wrote the oratorio Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a in 1707, and provided a second revised and expanded version, renamed...

Company @ Gielgud Theatre, London


“A man with no emotional commitments reassesses his life on his 35th birthday by reviewing his relationships with his married acquaintances and girlfriends. That is...

Dido and Aeneas / Jonas / I Will Not Speak @ Hackney Empire, London


The short running time of Dido and Aeneas usually sees companies pair it with another one-act opera. In the case of English Touring Opera, however,...

Cendrillon @ Glyndebourne Tour, Lewes


This new production of Cendrillon and the revival of the 2014 La traviata mark fifty years of the Glyndebourne Tour; established in 1968 with the...