Reviews Index

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...

Samson et Dalila @ Cadogan Hall, London


Chelsea Opera Group’s presentation of Saint-Saëns’ only frequently performed opera was technically a concert performance, but it certainly did not lack drama. The size of...

London Symphony Orchestra / Luisi @ Barbican Hall, London


Schubert’s eighth symphony is a concert-hall standard, and the LSO gave it a decent rendering in terms of tonal quality. The hushed strings at the...

Wozzeck @ Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam


Alban Berg’s only complete opera is one of the most original masterpieces of the twentieth century. Taut, expressive, and packing an emotional punch like few...

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg @ Royal Opera House, London


According to some, this production begins in a Gentlemen’s Club, features Beckmesser playing a “clavichord” or a “harpsichord” and ends with Eva rejecting all that...

Barts Choir / Setterfield @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Monday night at the Festival Hall featured an intelligently assembled programme of music by English composers under the heading “The Sea and the Sky” promoted...

Mad King Suibhne / L’Ospedale @ Bury Court Opera, Bentley


Founded in 2007 by John Coke and Suzanne Lemieux, Bury Court Opera brings a touch of that summer opera feeling to the final months of...

The Tale of Januarie @ Silk Street Theatre, London


Based on Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Tale, The Tale of Januarie is a new opera by Julian Philips, Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of...

Jenůfa @ Bavarian State Opera, Munich


There are few operas as perfectly formed as Jenůfa. Without wasting a note, Janáček wrings every last emotion out of this tragic story of infanticide...

St Luke Passion / Jurowski @ Royal Festival Hall, London


The heyday of big musical settings of the Passion story was the 18th century, but the form has seen a revival in recent decades, with...

Goerne / Hinterhäuser @ Wigmore Hall, London


You don’t go to a Matthias Goerne recital to enjoy an easy evening, but to begin to understand new aspects of music you thought you...

Cantandum / French @ St John’s Smith Square, London


Cantandum’s concert A Spotless Rose: Music for the Virgin Mary on Tuesday night featured one of Palestrina’s last great Mass settings Missa Assumpta est Maria,...

The Sixteen / Fretwork / Christophers @ Wigmore Hall, London


Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri of 1680 is worked around the medieval hymn, ‘Salve mundi salutare’, long thought to have been written by Bernard of...

La Traviata @ The Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney


Opera Australia has been in the spotlight recently. At first glance a season consisting of multiple performances of La Traviata, La Boheme and Tosca seems...

Philharmonia / Wilson @ Royal Festival Hall, London


The increasing number of simultaneous events at The Royal Festival Hall now makes the chances of a disturbed concert more likely these days, and so...

The Pirates of Penzance @ Coliseum, London


When Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance first appeared for English National Opera in 2015, the consensus appeared to be that it was...

Chinese New Year of the Rooster @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Thursday evening’s celebration of The Year of the Rooster was billed as a gala concert, so little logic to the programme was expected; it was...

Kaufmann / LSO / Pappano @ Barbican Hall, London


Jonas Kaufmann’s current residency at the Barbican began last Saturday in spectacular fashion with a recital that included Britten’s Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo. If, strictly...

Kaufmann / Deutsch @ Barbican Hall, London


An evening of perfect harmony between singer and pianist, and a demonstration of the art of song which reminded us of what true greatness is...

Les Enfants Terribles @ Barbican Theatre, London


Based on Jean Cocteau’s eponymous novel, Philip Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles of 1996 is a dance-opera which involves singers and dancers. If this seems a...