Reviews Index

Stimmung and Cosmic Pulses @ Barbican Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

An evening of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen may not be to everybody’s taste, but the programming of the hypnotic and meditative Stimmung (for six amplified…



Joshua @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


Handel’s Joshua of 1747 was the oratorio for which ‘See, the conqu’ring hero comes!’ was originally written. Although that chorus may be better known now...

Bond and Beyond @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Trombonists must love John Barry, as he writes so well for the instrument – be it in the shimmering warmth of the expansive brass underlay in...

La Nuova Musica / Bates @ St John’s Smith Square, London


Mozart was an admirer of Handel, and not only did he re-orchestrate several of Handel’s works, but continued to reference the baroque style in his...

La Tragédie de Carmen @ Wilton’s Music Hall, London


La Tragédie de Carmen is Peter Brook’s 1981 take on Bizet’s opera, with Marius Constant having worked from the original score and Brook and Jean-Claude...

Rodelinda @ Coliseum, London


Richard Jones’ version of Rodelinda, which represents a co-production between English National Opera and the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, was generally well received at its...

Gilchrist / Tilbrook @ Wigmore Hall, London


James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook are celebrating 20 years of collaboration with a series of three concerts at the Wigmore Hall, each involving a new...

The Consul @ Silk Street Theatre, London


Although it is not so frequently performed today, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul was immensely popular when it was first performed in 1950. It was...

London Chamber Orchestra / Warren-Green @ Cadogan Hall, London


Each concert in the London Chamber Orchestra’s 2017/18 season will explore a different human emotion, and the focus for its first was jealousy, as the...

Opera and the Silver Screen @ Royal Albert Hall, London


As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film, on Tuesday members of Opera Holland Park presented, in the Elgar Room, an evening of...

Hamlet @ Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Lewes


Hamlet is a story full of people it’s difficult to like, and Brett Dean’s eponymous opera – which also featured in the Glyndebourne Festival season...

Porgy and Bess @ Barbican Hall, London


One would be well advised either to know the work in advance or to read the synopsis in the programme very carefully before listening to...

Semele @ Royal Festival Hall, London


At the pre-concert talk the audience was told that this presentation of Semele, from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Christophe Rousset,...

Sabata / Armonia Atenea / Petrou @ Wigmore Hall, London


Monday evening at The Wigmore was a highly enjoyable southern-European collaboration between the Catalan counter-tenor Xavier Sabata and the Greek orchestral ensemble Armonia Atenea. Sabata...

Il barbiere di Siviglia @ Glyndebourne Tour, Lewes


When this production premiered at Glyndebourne in 2016, we described it as one in which comedy was striven for, and this revival by Sinéad O’Neill...

Dardanus @ Hackney Empire, London


Setting an eighteenth century opera in the modern day risks falling into one of two traps. On the one hand, the chosen setting can demand...

Giulio Cesare @ Hackney Empire, London


English Touring Opera’s decision to perform Handel’s Giulio Cesare in two parts, subtitled The Death of Pompey and Cleopatra’s Needle respectively, derived from two factors....

King Arthur @ Barbican Hall, London


Director Daisy Evans had the idea of updating Purcell’s King Arthur to modern day Britain when she looked at its alternative title The British Worthy...

Gainsbourg Symphonic @ Barbican Hall, London


For his segment of the 1987 opera-compilation film Aria, Derek Jarman chose Charpentier’s Depuis le jour; the short accompanying film  features an elderly diva receiving...

The Judas Passion @ St John’s Smith Square, London


Judas Iscariot: Satan’s puppet, consigned to the lowest circle of Dante’s inferno; God’s instrument, an essential requirement for redemption to take place; or simply a human...

The Grange Festival International Singing Competition @ The Grange, Northington


Compulsory Handel aria in every selection? Now that’s my kind of singing competition. One suspects the guiding hand of the Grange Festival’s Artistic Director, Michael...