Opera and Classical Reviews

Boris Godunov

by Agnes Kory

The Bolshoi Opera’s production of Boris Godunov, in place since 1948, is a luxurious feast for the ears and eyes but it is less satisfactory…



The Nose

by Ben Hogwood

Of all Shostakovich’s compositions, The Nose is surely the closest he came to committing outright musical rebellion.In choosing to adapt NikolayGogol’s tale for the stage...

Royal String Quartet/C

by Sara Miller

Whilst most of the UK was watching England’s defeat in the football on Saturday, the Wigmore Hall was presenting an evening dedicated to Mozart’s victory...

Wagner: Die Walk

by Dominic McHugh

track listingCD1. Act 1CD2. Act 2 (part 1)CD3. Act 2 (part 2)CD4. Act 3This new Die Walkre marks the beginning of the first complete recording...

Cos @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Dominic McHugh

Holland Park is the ideal setting for Cos fan tutte in many ways. As the light of a summer’s evening fades to dark, so too...

Turandot

by Dominic McHugh

Andrei Serban‘s production of Puccini’s Turandot is one of the jewels of the Royal Opera’s repertoire.Twenty-two years after it was first given at the Los...

The Fiery Angel

by Ben Hogwood

Much has been made of the supposed rivalry between the Kirov and Bolshoitheatres, with both visiting London at the same time for short seasons ofopera...

Katerina Izmaylova

by Agnes Kory

Shostakovich’s Katerina Izmaylova (composed in 1963) is usually described as the revised version of the composer’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (completed in 1932).However, perhaps it...

The Nose @ Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, London

by Simon Thomas

The Opera Group gives the big guns a run for their money with Shostakovich’s early comedy

The Merry Widow @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Gareth Webb

On a sweltering summer day, in a venue full of children and crowing peacocks, Holland Park seemed an unlikely place to watch the events at...

Mazepa

by Johnny Johnson

Completed in 1883, Mazepa dramatizes the life of the ruthless and charismatic 17th-century Cossack commander Mazepa. He attempted to liberate Ukraine from Tsar Peter the...

Don Giovanni @ Barbican Hall, London

by Sara Miller

On 27 June the Barbican’s stage made way for the heartthrob of opera, Don Giovanni. The performance was part of the Mostly Mozart festival sponsored...

Il re pastore @ Barbican Hall, London

by Agnes Kory

By the time the 19-year-old Mozart composed his opera Il re pastore, he was clearly aware of the nuts and bolts of opera composing.This was...

Winterreise: Philip Langridge and David Owen Norris @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Agnes Kory

The Winterreise (Winter Journey) is no easy entertainment. Wilhelm Muller’s 20 poems take us on a journey (either real or psychological) with a very unhappy,...

Alfred Brendel @ Barbican Hall, London

by Yangen Xu

In this modern age of technical perfection, where students are expected to master their Czerny and Chopin and Ligeti etudes, one could be very much...

LSO/Kreizberg @ Barbican Hall, London

by Agnes Kory

Sadly the first half of this concert, consisting of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto, was deeply disappointing.Pianist Stephen Hough is well known, experienced and, judging by...

Mozart in London: Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh @ Barbican Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

I really admire the Barbican for making such an effort to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.A stellar line-up of period orchestras is joining...

Bartók the pianist, Bartók’s piano music @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Agnes Kory

No doubt, Wigmore Hall’s Bartók Festival aimed to introduce London audiences to a cross-section of Bartók’s piano music as well as to his relationship to...

Karita Mattila @ Barbican Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

The Finnish soprano Karita Mattila has been a favourite in this country ever since she was crowned the first Cardiff Singer of the World back...

Rotterdam Philharmonic/Valery Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London

by Agnes Kory

Judging by the sold out Barbican Hall and the long queue for return tickets, this concert was eagerly awaited.In the event, the anticipation was well...

Die Fledermaus

by Gareth Webb

After stunning classical and popular music concerts at both Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London last year, Glyndebourne Festival Opera brought their touring...