Opera and Classical Reviews

Tosca

by Dominic McHugh

Until the advent of Peter Gelb as the new General Manager, a visit to the Metropolitan Opera guaranteed traditional production values and starry casts.His importing…



Jenufa @ Coliseum, London

by Simon Thomas

English National Opera’s new Jenufa is a powerful and moving account of Jancek’s opera and includes a number of very impressive debut performances.Earlier in the...

Magdalena Ko

by Simon Thomas

Magdalena Koen’s recent release of Mozart arias, with Simon Rattle and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, no doubt won her many new admirers....

Kurt

by Ben Hogwood

The music of Gyrgy Kurtg is currently undergoing major reappraisal as the Hungarian composer reaches his 80th birthday. Kurtg’s musical output has been economy personified,...

Haydn: The Creation – McCreesh/Gabrieli Consort and Players @ Barbican, London

by Dave Paxton

On Thursday evening, there were a number of young faces on the concert platform at the Barbican. The Gabrieli Consort & Players, on their 25th...

Handel – Nine German Arias: The King’s Consort @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Simon Thomas

A recital by The King’s Consort at the Wigmore Hall of Handel’s little-known Nine German Arias, performed with three of the composer’s oboe works, was...

Malcolm Arnold Tribute @ St John’s Smith Square, London

by Simon Thomas

A concert that should have been a celebration of Malcolm Arnold’s 85th Birthday, turned into a commemoration of his whole life. The composer’s death last...

Ralph Kirshbaum and Friends @ Wigmore Hall, London

by William Norris

Just imagine if, in celebration of your sixtieth birthday, you could ring up a number of your friends – all of whom happen to be...

Mozart 250th Concert: John Eliot Gardiner @ Royal Opera House, London

by Dave Paxton

Mozart’s 250th has been a year of celebration, appreciation and a hint of overreaction. There has been much of note, such as Glyndebournes new Cosi...

BBC SO: Jiri Belohlavek/Nikolai Lugansky @ Barbican Hall, London

by Agnes Kory

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Jiri Belohlvek made a very good impression at their Barbican concert on 14 October. Evidently the artistic...

Dido and Aeneas/Jephte

by Simon Thomas

In the final instalment of their Baroque Festival Tour, English Touring Opera present the most famous of early English operas with a relatively obscure choral...

The Phantom of the Opera @ Royal Opera House, London

by Dave Paxton

Rupert Julian‘s 1925 film The Phantom of the Opera is a strange little thing. When compared to the horror masterpieces of the time – chiefly...

Phases: The Music of Steve Reich (2) @ Barbican Theatre and St Luke’s Education C...

by Ben Hogwood

A minimalist marathon.Not a prospect that might immediately set themouth watering, but one that in reality proved to be an utterly absorbingseries of concerts, a...

Orfeo

by Simon Thomas

English Touring Opera’s enterprising Baroque Festival Tour has got off to a workmanlike start with a production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, one of the first operas...

Don Giovanni

by Agnes Kory

Though currently struggling with managerial problems, visits to the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest represent excellent artistic value for money.For the British opera lover,...

Donizetti: La fille du Regiment – Genova/Frizza

by Dominic McHugh

For once, here’s a DVD that lives up to the hype surrounding it in almost every way. Donizetti’s opra comique, The Daughter of the Regiment,...

Bird of Night

by Simon Thomas

Bird of Night, the Royal Opera’s first commissioned work by a female composer, is a gentle and charming tale based on Caribbean folk poetry.The production,...

by Zan Buckner

Verdis ida is as known for the spectacle of Act II’s triumphant parade scene as it is for its story or music. The Nashville Operas...

BBCSO/Jiri Belohlavek @ Barbican Hall, London

by Dave Paxton

If there was one reason to catch this concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jir Belohlvek, it was the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s...

Hall

by Dominic McHugh

It’s ten years since the Hall moved into the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and six since Mark Elder became their Music Director.The past decade has...

LSO/Colin Davis @ Barbican Hall, London

by Simon Thomas

The second concert in the LSO’s new season at the Barbican saw Colin Davis conduct a programme of three works, all by composers he’s closely...