Opera and Classical Reviews
Iestyn Davies

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

Così fan tutte @ Royal Opera House, London (online)

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith compares Cosìs, as the Royal Opera streams a classic production

Concert In Memoriam Sir Peter Jonas @ Staatsoper, Munich (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi attends a live performance without leaving her sofa

LSO / Noseda @ Always Playing (YouTube)

by Barry Creasy

During coronavirus lockdown, the LSO are making concerts from their digital archive available

Cupid and Death / Venus and Adonis @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Sam Smith

This concert from the Early Opera Company, conducted by Christian Curnyn, presented John Blow’s Venus and Adonis alongside excerpts from Christopher Gibbons and Matthew Locke’s Cupid and Death....

Parnasso in festa @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Sam Smith

Parnasso in festa, per li sponsali di Teti e Peleo, HWV73 of 1734 was the only full scale serenata, a type of opera intended to mark...

Pierre-Laurent Aimard @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

In Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus the late music of Beethoven is described as “an art that had overgrown itself”. Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s performance of the Hammerklavier...

Fidelio @ Royal Opera House, London

by Melanie Eskenazi

You that look pale, and tremble at this chance That are but mutes, or audience to this act… The connection between the witnesses to actions...

Platt / Shah @ St Oswald’s Church, Sowerby

by Melanie Eskenazi

Those of us lucky enough to live in Thirsk in North Yorkshire are not just fortunate in our Vet, our glorious surrounding scenery and our...

Spence / Middleton @ Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

This recital was both the final concert in the Leeds Lieder 2019-20 season, and a taster for the forthcoming 2020 Festival, which takes place over...

The Angel Esmeralda @ Silk Street Theatre, London

by Sam Smith

The Angel Esmeralda is a new opera, adapted from Don DeLillo’s eponymous short story by former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson,...