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La traviata @ Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes

by Sam Smith

Tom Cairns’ Glyndebourne Festival Opera production of La traviata, which premiered in 2014 and subsequently enjoyed a touring version, now returns to its original home….



Hipermestra @ Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes


There is nothing quite like a Cavalli opera at Glyndebourne, and equally nothing quite like any baroque opera in this house under the direction of...

Stockhausen: Stimmung @ Platform, London


Last weekend, The Platform in Southwark hosted a ‘Crossmodalist Cabaret’, a series of concerts and events highlighting the emerging concept of crossmodalism – the way...

Sukanya @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Ravi Shankar’s sole opera Sukanya came to the Royal Festival Hall, in a co-production between the Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve Leicester, for...

Ariodante @ Barbican Hall, London


The English Concert, directed from the harpsichord by Harry Bicket, delivered playing of a copybook standard throughout this concert performance of one of Handel’s best...

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 @ St John’s Smith Square, London


This year marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, and concert halls are full of performances of his works – particularly the...

BBC SO / Davis @ Barbican Hall, London


Sir Andrew Davis has a substantial catalogue of performances and recordings of British Romantic composers to his name, and his appearance with the BBC Symphony...

Drei Opern @ Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main


The fact that Ernst Křenek’s opera Jonny spielt auf was banned for representing ‘Weimar decadence’ by the Nazis, has overshadowed the fact that it was...

in vain / Lubman @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Georg Friedrich Haas’s piece in vain has achieved a minor cult status since its first outing in the opening years of the century, and it...

Doctor Atomic @ Barbican Hall, London


John Adams’ Doctor Atomic of 2005 has enjoyed two full-scale productions. The first was by Peter Sellars for San Francisco Opera, and also appeared at...

Fabiano / Drake @ Wigmore Hall, London


“Take a horse of fine breeding …” begins the second verse of Le manoir de Rosemonde, Robert de Bonnières’ sinister poem set to music by...

St John Passion / Padmore @ Barbican Hall, London


Mark Padmore’s Good Friday interpretation of Bach’s St John Passion unfortunately managed to set up an assortment of stools and fall between them. In a nod...

BBCSO / Bělohlávek @ Barbican Hall, London


Although Dvořák’s Requiem is not so frequently performed today, for a period after it premiered in 1890 it was as popular as Verdi’s as it...

Voces8 @ St John’s Smith Square, London


Tuesday evening saw Voces8 present a programme of music based on the church’s year; or possibly the seasons; or possibly the journey of the soul –...

Carousel @ Coliseum, London


Lonny Price’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Carousel, presented by Michael Linnit, Michael Grade and English National Opera, is very nearly a victim of...

LPO / Jurowski @ Royal Festival Hall, London


If this performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E flat major from the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski was not...

42nd Street @ Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London


The song ‘I Got Rhythm’ and the composer George Gershwin are known by equally large numbers of people. It is a shame, therefore, that ‘I...

Ormisda @ St George’s, Hanover Square, London


One of the delights of the London Handel Festival is that it presents rare works which many Londoners will have never had the chance to...

Madama Butterfly @ Royal Opera House, London


Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, the original directors of this 2003 Royal Opera production of Madama Butterfly, are back at the helm for this latest revival,...

Faramondo @ Britten Theatre, London


Handel’s Faramondo was not a major hit when it premiered in 1738, lasting for eight performances and never being revived. It did not receive a...

An American in Paris @ Dominion Theatre, London


Like Cole Porter’s High Society, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair and Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, George and Ira...