Opera + Classical Music Reviews

La traviata: Opera North keeps it simple with focus on singing

by Melanie Eskenazi

Bacilli under the microscope? Blood on the pillow? ‘Strong on detail’ does not quite cover it



The Royal Opera’s new Aida is big on pageant, short on drama

by Keith McDonnell

Verdi’s love triangle gets lost in this flag waving, gun toting, totalitarian state

Schönberg’s mighty Gurrelieder opens the LPO season with thrilling results

by Keith McDonnell

Size really does matter when it comes to Schönberg’s colossal choral work at the Royal Festival Hall

In The Royal Opera’s revival of Don Giovanni, hell is a state of mind

by Keith McDonnell

Hell hath no fury in Covent Garden

The Royal Opera’s Salome is a heady mix of decadence and depravity

by Keith McDonnell

You might lose your head at Covent Garden’s revival

Prom 69: Thrilling Beethoven from Gardiner and his period forces

by Keith McDonnell

In Gardiner’s hands, Beethoven’s highly personal setting of the mass came across as a towering, original masterpiece

Prom 65: Daniel Harding leads the Berlin Philharmonic in Schnittke and Bruckner

by Sam Smith

Never less than accomplished, and often revelatory, playing in the orchestra’s final Prom of 2022

Prom 64: András Schiff’s Beethoven piano sonatas keep the audience transfixed throug...

by Sam Smith

All Beethoven, all the time from András Schiff in the Albert Hall

Prom 62: Mahler’s often neglected symphony given a star performance by Petrenko and t...

by Barry Creasy

Mahler’s oddly disjointed symphony No. 7 gets a thoroughly professional workout

Proms and the ENO at Printworks London: Glass Handel

by Benjamin Poore

Philip Glass and George Frideric Handel meet head-on in south London

Prom 59: Elgar, Gardner and the LPO: Angels and Demons (but much better than Dan Brown)

by Barry Creasy

Have you been naughty or nice? Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius presents the consequences

Prom 52: Larks, swans and seascapes: fantasies framed with Finnish flair

by Barry Creasy

Music of France, England and Finland stylishly presented at the Albert Hall

Sir John in Love brings British Youth Opera to Opera Holland Park

by Sam Smith

Vaughan Williams’ underrated opera is brought to life in a focused and dynamic staging

Prom 49: No need for Resurrection – still very much alive and kicking: Rattle, LSO an...

by Barry Creasy

The Proms reminds us, yet again, of the power of music

Winterreise: Desolate music in beautiful surroundings

by Melanie Eskenazi

The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival continues with an all-star performance

The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival begins with two superb performances

by Melanie Eskenazi

There were definitely no ‘boos’, but plenty of ‘baas’

Prom 34: Moody introspection and menace from the BBC Philharmonic in an evening of Elga...

by Barry Creasy

Another eclectic mix of music from the Proms

HMS Pinafore sets sail at Opera Holland Park

by Sam Smith

The only summer opera venue in the heart of London proves an excellent setting for Gilbert and Sullivan

Siegfried & Götterdämmerung: We saw the world end… in Hackney

by Keith McDonnell

The Arcola Theatre proves size isn’t everything – even in Wagner

Prom 32: Westron wynde when wyll thow blow: Tredegar Band takes the Proms by storm

by Barry Creasy

Whatever next? Heavy metal meets brass band at the Albert Hall

La Voix humaine and Les Mamelles de Tirésias create a varied and fascinating double bi...

by Sam Smith

Rarely have two sides of a picnic felt so different