Opera + Classical Music Reviews

A star is born in Pierrot Lunaire at Covent Garden

by Keith McDonnell

Two for the price of one with Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg



Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida in Schubert and Beethoven at the Wigmore Hall 

by Sam Smith

Schwanengesang stands out in this recital from two world class performers

The Jubilee String Quartet performs Schubert on a Sunday morning

by Sam Smith

A masterpiece of the quartet repertoire shines at the Wigmore Hall

Every Doge has his day: A Venetian Coronation 1595

by Barry Creasy

Gabrieli brings a taste of Venice to St John’s Smith Square

Don Pasquale: The Royal Opera revives its bittersweet staging with a fine cast

by Keith McDonnell

Laughs with a conscience from Donizetti’s comic tale at Covent Garden

Oklahoma! but not as we know it at the Young Vic

by Sam Smith

The production that has toured America now comes to London

Leeds Lieder Festival 2022: The pick of a Wigmore Hall song season, in a single weekend

by Melanie Eskenazi

A bounty of wonderful music in Leeds from Tritschler, Glynn, Bostridge, Cooper, Riches, Hillebrand and Middleton

Lohengrin: The Royal Opera’s first post-Covid Wagner staging thrills on every level

by Keith McDonnell

An exciting evening in Covent Garden

La resurrezione makes Easter Monday complete at St Martin-in-the-Fields 

by Sam Smith

Handel’s vastly underrated oratorio brings two festivals to a close in suitable style

Joyce DiDonato: EDEN is a heavenly garden of musical delights

by Keith McDonnell

An ecological outpouring of music was heard at the Barbican Centre

Fernando, re di Castiglia is complete once more

by Sam Smith

Opera Settecento presents a new and previously unperformed edition at the London Handel Festival

La Traviata: Pretty Yende and Angel Blue are heartbreaking at the Royal Opera House

by Keith McDonnell

Another double helping of a Verdi classic

Oberto: A mystery that the Chelsea Opera Group delights in revealing

by Sam Smith

The earliest of Verdi’s operas enjoys a rare outing at Cadogan Hall

Edward Gardner and the LPO deliver a robust ‘German Requiem’

by Keith McDonnell

The Royal Festival Hall reverberates with Brahms

Parsifal: A feast for the musical senses in Berlin

by Keith McDonnell

Wagner casts a unique spell at the Deutsche Oper

Iberian Roots: The Sixteen in a programme of poignant polyphony at Wigmore Hall

by Barry Creasy

Harry Christophers brings the light of Sixteen candles to the Wiggy

Peter Grimes: The Royal Opera presents ‘a lost lone man’ in seedy squalor

by Melanie Eskenazi

Covent Garden is host to Britten’s fishy tale

Three mezzos excel in Mahler at the Wigmore Hall

by Keith McDonnell

Alice Coote leads in a sombre but uplifting recital

A breath of Bohemian spring from the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov

by Barry Creasy

Bychkov brings stunning Dvořák and distinguished Janáček performances to the Barbican

L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato proves a Handel rarity that should be far bet...

by Sam Smith

Les Arts Florissants are joyful, contemplative, but far from moderate, in the Barbican Hall

A new-created world: Haydn’s Creation sparkles with life thanks to the LSO and Christ...

by Barry Creasy

The Barbican bore witness to the beginning of everything