Reviews Index

Sir John In Love @ Coliseum, London

by Helen Wright

Vaughan Williams wrote the most glorious orchestral music but is less well known for his operatic work.Sir John In Love, based on Shakespeare’s Merry Wives…



La Voix Humaine and Send (Who Are You? I Love You) @ Houston, Texas


For her first foray into opera, Broadway soprano Audra McDonald takes on a world premire as part of an ambitious one-woman double bill.McDonald has won...

Rigoletto @ Coliseum, London


Jonathan Miller’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto remains not only his best production of any opera I can remember him directing in London, but also one...

Attila


At the height of the first scene of Verdi’s ninth opera, Attila, a Roman general tries to strike a bargain with the notorious Hun: ‘You...

Mahler – Seventh Symphony @ Barbican Hall, London


Riccardo Chailly‘s was just such a performance, andwent some way to proving the Leipzig Gewandhaus are ontheir way back to recapturing past glories. Theperformance fizzed...

Andrea Bocelli – Amore : CD review


track listing1. Amapola2. Besame Mucho3. Kes Feuilles Mortes4. Mi Manchi5. Somos Novios (with Christina Aguilera)6. Solamente Una Vez7. Jurame (Feat. Mario Reyes)8. Pero Te Extrano9....

The Mikado @ Coliseum, London


Twenty years on, Jonathan Miller’s production of The Mikado remains witty and diverting.It’s without a doubt the greatest of the Savoy operas by W. S....

Steven Isserlis @ West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge


This was an exhilarating concert – even the five curtain calls at the end couldn’t do it justice.The early nineteenth-century Austrian composer Franz Schubert was,...

Eugene Onegin


Snow, rain, ice skaters, a lake – the Royal Opera’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s most familiar and enduring opera has it all.And in the two...

Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1; Mahler: Symphony No 5: LSO @ Barbican Hall, London


It was fascinating to hear Mahler’s Fifth Symphony the day after hearing Berg’s Wozzeck. Both composers dwelt in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth...


Genius of the Violin: Take a Bow!: LSO @ Barbican Hall, London


For the first-time concertgoer unfamiliar with the sound of a string orchestra, attending the LSO’s Genius of the Violin: ‘Take a Bow!’ Concert could have...

Beethoven – Missa Solemnis: LSO @ Barbican Hall, London, 19


Four years’ work went into the composition of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and you can really tell it’s his most intricate piece, and one of the...

Beethoven – Mass in C; Mozart – ‘Posthorn’ Serenade: LSO @ Barb...


Verve, wit, excitement, joy: only a few of the many facets to this concert by the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis. Opening with...

Sibelius – Kullervo


When the LSO opened their 2005-6 season in September with Sibelius’ Kullervo symphony, I was startled by the composer’s sense of the dramatic, something I...

Sibelius – Kullervo Symphony: CD review


track listing1. Introduction2. Kullervo’s Youth3. Kullervo and his sister4. Kullervo goes to battle5. Kullervo’s death When the LSO opened their 2005-6 season in September with...

The Marriage of Figaro


‘For here they talk about nothing but Figaro.Nothing is played, sung or whistled but Figaro. No opera is drawing like Figaro. Nothing, nothing but Figaro.’So...

Macbeth


It would not be sensible to stage Verdis Macbeth too literally nowadays, and the power of Phyllida Lloyds production for the Royal Opera lies in...

Wozzeck


When Keith Warner’s production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck opened in 2002, it wowed the crowds and won every award in the book.Over three years down...

Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri


Nothing much has changed in the world of politics. That is one strikingpoint brought home by watching Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.Nashville Opera Artistic Director, John...

Mozart Birthday Weekend – Concert 3 @ St John’s, Smith Square, London


The London Mozart players really saved the best till last.The final concert in their Mozart Birthday Weekend, celebrating 250 years since the composer’s death, showed...