Opera and Classical Reviews
La traviata

La traviata @ Nevill Holt Opera, Market Harborough

by Sam Smith

A newly revamped Nevill Holt Opera allows a larger audience to enjoy wonderful music



The Cunning Little Vixen @ Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough

by Sam Smith

Longborough’s 2021 season concludes with a production representing a new direction for its Emerging Artist programme

Eugene Onegin @ West Green House Opera, Hartley Wintney

by Sam Smith

Tchaikovsky’s opera sees West Green House’s season on the lake end as strongly as it began

BBC Proms: Organ Recital / Baker @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Martin Baker plays Bach and his own improvisations on the Royal Albert Hall’s mighty organ at the BBC Proms

BBC Proms: ‘The Golden Age of Broadway’ – BBC Concert Orchestra / Balcombe @ ...

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms serve up Broadway hits at the Albert Hall

Gigi in Concert @ West Green House Opera, Hartley Wintney

by Sam Smith

A concert performance that enabled us to hear a well known musical in an entirely new way

BBC Proms: BBC SO / Stasevska @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms’ First Night serves up an emotional opener

L’amico Fritz @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

Holland Park provides a master class in how to raise a pleasant and enjoyable opera to an entirely new level

La rondine @ West Green House Opera, Hartley Wintney

by Sam Smith

A contender for the most beautiful summer opera venue in the country just got more beautiful

Howard Goodall’s Invictus: A Passion @ West Green House Opera, Hartley Wintney

by Sam Smith

A series of firsts launches West Green House Opera’s 2021 summer season in style

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance @ Royal Opera House, London

by Benjamin Poore

Every year, the Royal Opera showcases up-and-coming talent

The Cunning Little Vixen @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

It may have had to contend with COVID-19, but this ‘back to basics’ production of The Cunning Little Vixen could not be more delightful if it tried

Don Giovanni @ Royal Opera House, London

by Keith McDonnell

A Mozart revival at the Royal Opera is more than welcome

Così fan tutte @ Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough

by Sam Smith

As Longborough’s 2021 season moves beyond Wagner, a new venue takes centre-stage and the fun flows freely

Eugene Onegin @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Love, loss, dancing and a duel. What more can you want from an opera? Garsington’s Eugene Onegin delivers

La Cenerentola @ The Grange Festival, Northington

by Melanie Eskenazi

The Grange Festival gives us another hit with La Cenerentola

Ivan the Terrible @ Grange Park Opera, West Horsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

A jewel set in Surrey, Grange Park Opera house was the scene for Rimsky-Korsakov’s drama

A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Grange Festival, Northington

by Melanie Eskenazi

A rainy night in Hampshire was more than a Midsummer Night’s dream

Der Rosenkavalier @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington Opera triumphs again with a perfect Strauss production

Amadigi @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington Opera delights with a rarely performed Handel work

La Bohème @ Royal Opera House, London

by Keith McDonnell

Covid, schmovid… The Royal Opera is back despite continuing restrictions