Opera and Classical Reviews

Don Giovanni

by Gareth Webb

This was a very big night for Scottish Opera.For over a year the company has been dark and extremely quiet, presenting no staged productions in…



La rondine @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Dominic McHugh

Despite being a product of his maturity – it was written years after his most popular three operas – Puccini’s La rondine (The Swallow) continues...

Verdi: La traviata – Amsellem/Bruson/Madrid/Cobos (Opus Arte) : DVD review

by Dominic McHugh

track listingDVD 1. Acts 1 + 2DVD 2. Act 3 + interviewsThere are a fair few DVDs of La traviata around, but this new release...

Haitink’s Beethoven: Symphony No 9 ‘Choral’ – LSO @ Barbican Ha...

by Dominic McHugh

It takes a really great orchestra to play Beethoven’s first and last symphonies with equal conviction in the same programme.Under Bernard Haitink, the London Symphony...

Tom Poster – Beethoven Sonatas No. 30 and No 32 @ Barbican Hall, London

by Sara Miller

The London Symphony Orchestra has innovatively combined with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to present all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas as free...

Orfeo (Monteverdi) @ Coliseum, London

by Helen Wright

First performed in 1607, Claudio Monteverdi’s masterpiece Orfeo wasn’t quite the first opera written – that honour goes to Peri’s Dafne – but it’s testament...

Haitink’s Beethoven: Symphony No 5, Symphony No 8 @ Barbican Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

Can Haitink’s Beethoven get any better? This was the question on many lips during the interval at the fifth concert in the Amsterdam-born conductor’s complete...

LSO/Haitink – Beethoven: Symphony No 4, Emperor Concerto @ Barbican Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

Bernard Haitink’s Beethoven cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra is already synonymous with music-making of the highest quality.During this fourth concert in the series, however,...

Handel’s Messiah @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Yangen Xu

Easter would hardly be Easter without a performance of Handel’s Messiah. And this rendition, given by the Royal Choral Society and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at...

Shostakovich: Symphony No 1, Symphony No 14: LSO/Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London

by Yangen Xu

Shostakovichs graduation work, his First Symphony in F minor Op. 10, was written when the composer was at the tender age of 20. The London...

Elgar: Serenade for Strings; Mozart: Piano Concerto 25; Brahms: Symphony No 1: LSO/Runn...

by Yangen Xu

I owe all my readers and the LSO an apology for being late to this concert. Due to major delays on the tube, I had...

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 Belle H

by Helen Wright

It’s a long time since I’ve been helpless with laughter at an opera house. I blame the sheep.Actually it happened more than once – and...

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by Dominic McHugh

To read our reviews of the Royal Opera’s 2007 run of The Ring, check here from 3 October Gtterdmmerung (Credit: Clive Barda)With Twilight of the...

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

by Zan Buckner

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

by Dominic McHugh

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

by Dominic McHugh

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

by Ben Hogwood

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

by Dominic McHugh

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....

Steven Isserlis @ West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

by William Norris

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,...

The Mikado @ Coliseum, London

by Dominic McHugh

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....