Opera and Classical Reviews
Alice Coote

Alice Coote / Christian Blackshaw @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

Keith McDonnell beats the lockdown to witness the Wigmore Hall’s last attended recital for a while



Bostridge / Connolly / Drake / Carducci Quartet @ Barbican Hall, London

by Sam Smith

In the midst of the current uncertainty, Sam Smith leaves it all behind for an evening at the Barbican

Siobhan Stagg / Jonathan Ware @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

Music venues are due to close to live audiences in the latest lockdown. But, not before Benjamin Poore’s visit to the Wiggy

Damrau / Calleja @ The Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi virtually travels to Italy for a Metropolitan Opera concert

Mahan Esfahani @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

The Wigmore continues its defiance of Covid-19 with a full concert season. Benjamin Poore was there

Riches / Kynoch & Williams / Glynn @ Holywell Music Room, Oxford

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi continues our coverage of the virtual Oxford Lieder Festival

Bostridge / Giorgini & Appl / Kynoch @ Merton College Chapel & Holywell Music...

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi virtually attends the Oxford Lieder Festival, revamped for the pandemic

Fretwork / Elizabeth Kenny @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy ventures forth to the Wigmore, despite the pandemic

Louise Alder / Roger Vignoles @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

Keith McDonnell returns to the Wigmore Hall for another audience attended performance

Sir Bryn Terfel / Britten Sinfonia @ Barbican Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

Audience attended performance begins to flourish. Benjamin Poore was happy to return to the Barbican

Sir András Schiff @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith experiences the intensity of live music once more with this solo piano recital at Wigmore Hall

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