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François-Xavier Roth

LSO / Roth @ Barbican Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

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...

Solomon @ Royal Opera House, London


Handel wrote an astonishing nineteen works for the Covent Garden Theatre (twenty, if you count Oreste which lacked original music), including some of his greatest...

Appl / Johnson @ Wigmore Hall, London


Graham Johnson’s innate understanding of the music he plays is always a joy to experience, and, on Thursday evening, the selection of Lieder, mélodies and...

Julian Joseph’s Tristan & Isolde @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


If someone were asked to think of a halfway house between opera and jazz, the chances are they would not arrive at oratorio. That is,...

Götterdämmerung @ Royal Opera House, London


The most successful productions of Wagner’s ‘Ring’ cycle manage to present both the towering grandeur of the subjects of Gods, Men and the Universe, and...

Siegfried @ Royal Opera House, London


It is not unusual to feel in the very depths of Der Ring des Nibelungen upon reaching Siegfried, but in Keith Warner’s staging for the...

Die Walküre @ Royal Opera House, London


Keith Warner’s staging of Die Walküre, the second opera in the Royal Opera’s presentation of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, is not consistently strong, but...

Das Rheingold @ Royal Opera House, London


In Keith Warner’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Royal Opera, the separate operas were introduced between 2004 and 2006 before full Cycles...

London Symphony Orchestra / Rattle @ Barbican Hall, London


Wednesday’s Barbican concert presented an interesting juxtaposition of three works written within a decade of each other. The LSO has always been an orchestra of...

Isouard’s Cendrillon @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


Many Rossini fans will claim that his decision to steer clear of magical elements in La Cenerentola, as were prevalent in Charles Perrault’s fairy-tale of...

Michel Legrand: 60 Years of Music & Movies @ Royal Festival Hall, London


If John Barry’s music represents the action hero in 1960s and 1970s cinema, the music of Michel Legrand calls to mind the quirky, the imported...

Prom 75: The Last Night of the Proms 2018 @ Royal Albert Hall, London


There is no such thing as a bad Last Night of the Proms as all elicit enjoyment, but some undoubtedly hit the mark more than...

Boesch / Martineau @ Wigmore Hall, London


Over at the Albert Hall, the jollity and exhibitionism of the Last Night of the Proms; here at the Wigmore, a display of subtlety and...