Opera and Classical Reviews

Macbeth

by Dominic McHugh

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…



Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri

by Zan Buckner

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...

Wozzeck

by Dominic McHugh

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...

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

by Dominic McHugh

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...

Mozart Birthday Weekend – Concert 2 @ St John’s, Smith Square, London

by Dominic McHugh

The second offering of the London Mozart Players’ Mozart Birthday Celebration weekend was a slightly mixed bag.The problem was in the programming which, despite being...

Mozart Birthday Weekend – Concert 1 @ St John’s Smith Square, London

by Dominic McHugh

It’s impossible not to give Mozart five stars on his birthday.Especially when it’s his two hundred and fiftieth.It’s lucky, therefore, that the London Mozart Players...

Mozart Birthday Weekend – Concert 1 @ St John’s, Smith Square, London

by Dominic McHugh

It’s impossible not to give Mozart five stars on his birthday. Especially when it’s his 250th.It’s lucky, therefore, that the London Mozart Players gave their...

Giselle

by Dominic McHugh

I must admit to being a little sceptical about the prospect of yet another revival of Giselle.It’s not long since they last performed it, I...

LSO/Valery Gergiev @ Barbican Hall, London

by Dave Paxton

According to one writer, the arrival of Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra was “the orchestral coup of the century”.Perhaps this...

Florestan Trio @ Wigmore Hall, London

by William Norris

There is perhaps no greater atmosphere on London’s classical music scene than a packed house at the Wigmore Hall.Its central location, fabulous acoustics, and its...

La fille du r

by Dominic McHugh

With a well-known cast and production team, the Royal Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s La fille du rgiment – its first in forty years –...

Mozart, Devienne, Brahms @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

Gordan Nikolitch is one of the wonders of the classical world. On Thursday and Sunday he led the London Symphony Orchestra’s concerts at the Barbican...

Mozart – Piano Concerto No 20; Shostakovich – Symphony No 15: LSO @ Barbica...

by Dominic McHugh

Maria Joo Pires playing the piece in the second of her two concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. Although her tone was creamy and her...

LSO/Colin Davis @ Barbican Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

I half expected the London Symphony Orchestra to acknowledge Sir Colin Davis’ entrance tonight with a rendition of ‘Hail to the Chief’.For this was his...

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27; Shostakovich: Symphony No 5: LSO @ Barbican Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

Mozart was born 250 years ago this month, and it’s the centenary of Shostakovich‘s birth in September. Bernard Haitink joined the London Symphony Orchestra to...

Le nozze di Figaro

by Dominic McHugh

Opera doesn’t get much better than The Marriage of Figaro.The score is probably Mozart’s finest for the stage, full of comedy, romance, envy, joy and...

The Bartered Bride

by Dominic McHugh

It’s a sure sign of disaster when the loudest cheer during an opera comes in response to a circus divertissement. Sadly, this was the case...

La traviata

by Dominic McHugh

It’s only a year since the Royal Opera revived Sir Richard Eyre’s atmospheric staging of Verdi’s La traviata. Why is it back so soon, especially...

Valery Gergiev – Shostakovich: Symphonies 4-9

by Ben Hogwood

With the centenary of Shostakovich’s birth nearly upon us, Valery Gergiev will be the focus of the commemorations for many, the start of his Barbican...

Prom 72: Bruckner – Symphony No 8 @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Ben Hogwood

Bruckner’s Eighth symphony is the biggest of all 19th century symphonies, and if any one orchestra could exercise a performing claim on it, that orchestra...

Prom 71: Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring; Berg; Haydn – Symphony No 103 @ R...

by Ben Hogwood

Any quibbles about this being yet another major orchestra to bring Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring to the Proms were thrown emphatically out of court at...