Opera and Classical Reviews

Prom 13: BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

There could have been no better send-off for outgoing BBC National Orchestra of Wales Principal Conductor Richard Hickox than this rip-roaring performance of William Walton’s…



Prom 11: BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

This weekend, Richard Hickox steps down as Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in two concerts that represent quite aptly the music...

Moscow, Cheryomushki

by Agnes Kory

I cannot remember when I laughed so much in an opera house as during Moscow, Cheryomushki on Saturday night.My companion for the evening had a...


Prom 8: BBC Philharmonic/Noseda – Prokofiev and Shostakovich @ Royal Albert Hall,...

by Simon Thomas

Prom 8 was a delicious Prokofiev sandwich with a piece of rare Shostakovich as filling. The BBC Philharmonic, under its Principal Conductor Gianandrea Noseda, gave...


Prom 6: Mozart: Cos

by Dominic McHugh

The Albert Hall was practically full – on the hottest night of the year – for Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s annual visit to the Proms. After...

Chamber Prom 1: Christoph Eschenbach – Solistes de l’Orchestre de Paris @ C...

by Sara Miller

Immediately after performing Siegfried at the Albert Hall the night before, conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, along with four members of L’Orchestre de Paris, launched...

Prom 5: Michael Collins – London Winds @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sara Miller

The first late night prom was an interesting tribute to Mozart. It included two twentieth century pieces inspired by the composer and concluded with a...

Prom 4: Hallé Orchestra – Mark Elder @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Ben Hogwood

When Sibelius’ first symphony received its Proms premiere in 1903 underSir Henry Wood, Debussy was well underway on his own symphonic masterpieceLa Mer. Just over...

Prom 3: Wagner – Siegfried @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

After Simon Rattle’s fresh period-instrument account of Das Rheingold in 2004 and last year’s starry Die Walküre, it was back to a solid and conventional...

Prom 2: Mozart the Dramatist – Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Sir Roger Norrington @ ...

by Dominic McHugh

After a drab start to the Proms last night, Sir Roger Norrington galvanised the festival into the kind of gear it should be in, and...

English Chamber Orchestra/Roy Goodman/Hilary Hahn @ Barbican Hall, London

by Yangen Xu

Is it just me, or is there a Nationalist agenda here?Why, in a ‘Mostly Mozart’ concert, did the programme feature only one work by Mozart,...

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms – BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jir

by Dominic McHugh

To open the world’s biggest classical music festival, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s new Chief Conductor, the Czech Jir Belohlávek, combined music that celebrated the year’s...

Love Counts

by Ben Hogwood

A brave move, pitching an opera’s opening nightagainst the first night of the Proms, but the UKpremiere of the second staged collaboration betweenMichael Nyman and...

Don Pasquale

by Agnes Kory

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at the Royal Opera House is delightful entertainment of a high quality.I enjoyed the evening, so my reservations should not discourage anybody...

King Arthur @ Coliseum, London

by Helen Wright

Is it coincidence that ENO’s first-ever production of King Arthur, a joyous (if heavily rose-tinted) celebration of Britain, opens during the World Cup? Director and...

Philharmonia Orchestra/András Schiff @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

by Agnes Kory

There is certainly no shortage of anniversaries and their celebrations. The classical music year 2006 is dominated by Mozart (born 250 years ago) and, to...

Zaide @ Barbican Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

Ever controversial, radical American director Peter Sellars opened this performance with a half-hour talk on slavery in the 21st century, with help from representatives from...

Nixon In China @ Coliseum, London

by Helen Wright

John Adams’ extraordinary opera, conceived by the Director and long-term collaborator Peter Sellars, is revived at the Coliseum – miss it at your peril.This work...

The Sound of Colour: Kandinsky and Schoenberg 1911 -1912 @ Almeida Theatre, London

by Agnes Kory

This concert formed part of Tate Modern’s current Kandinsky exhibition and justifiably so.After hearing Schnberg’s Second String Quartet (1907 – 08), Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky...