Opera + Classical Music Reviews

Giant review – Sarah Angliss’ taut opera enthrals at the Linbury Theatre

by Keith McDonnell

Based on a true story about ‘The Irish Giant’, Charles Byrne, this 90 minute opera arrives in London following its feted premiere at the Aldeburgh Festival



Philharmonia and Frank Dupree review – Kapustin’s piano concerto and Russian classics

by Barry Creasy

Santtu and the orchestra bring an unusual fusion of Russia, jazz and Spain to the South Bank

Listening to America review – stunning performances of Adams, Gershwin and Harris fro...

by Barry Creasy

Simon Rattle returns as LSO’s Conductor Emeritus to lead the orchestra in an American programme, featuring a world première from John Adams

The Flying Dutchman review – a strong cast excels in Wagner’s storm-lashed opera at...

by Keith McDonnell

Tim Albery’s staging weighs anchor once again and provides the perfect backdrop for some world class conducting, singing and playing

Boesch / Martineau review – Leap Day treat streamed live from the Wigmore Hall

by Melanie Eskenazi

Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau get up close and personal with Brahms, Schoeck and Schumann

The Magic Flute review – ENO revives Simon McBurney’s technically challenging stagi...

by Keith McDonnell

Technical wizardry abounds in English National Opera’s production of Mozart’s tale of enlightenment, but at times it threatened to swamp the singers

Parsifal review – Wagner’s final masterpiece casts a hypnotic spell in Berlin

by Keith McDonnell

Deutsche Oper Berlin continues this season’s presentation of Wagner’s canonical works with a performance that is gloriously sung, played and conducted

Lakmé review – Chelsea Opera Group thrill a packed Cadogan Hall 

by Sam Smith

An evening that made a strong case for more performances of the opera

Stabat Mater review – voluptuous lamentations from Vox Luminis

by Barry Creasy

Music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque on the subject of ‘the Lamentation of Christ’ from the Belgian vocal and instrumental group

Tunde Jegede review – African chamber music for kora and cello

by Barry Creasy

Multitalented Tunde Jegede and NOK orchestra perform music with a unique fusion of African and European cultures

Cavalleria rusticana / Aleko review – Rustic Chivalry meets Russian Fate in doom-lade...

by Melanie Eskenazi

Opera North’s revival of Karolina Sofulak’s 2017 production foregrounds unexpected contrasts, with superb singing, original staging, and exceptional playing

The Barber of Seville review – English National Opera revives Jonathan Miller’s sta...

by Keith McDonnell

It may be approaching 40, but despite a little wear and tear round the edges, ENO’s legendary production provides the perfect foil for an energetic cast to bring this sparkling opera to life

LSO review – Bruckner 9 with happy ending

by Barry Creasy

The London Symphon Orchestra under Nathalie Stutzmann give an exemplary performance of Bruckner’s last symphony, rounded off with the composer’s 1883 Te Deum

Dunedin Consort review – celebrating 300 years since Bach began working in Leipzig

by Barry Creasy

Dunedin Consort in a programme of Bach cantatas for the season, with ‘guest’ appearances by Telemann and Graupner

Siegfried review – the latest instalment in Regents Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen...

by Sam Smith

A production that is as insightful as it is innovative

Jephte & Dido and Aeneas review – Joyce DiDonato returns to the Barbican as the ...

by Keith McDonnell

Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas, thrills under Maxim Emelyanychev’s inspired direction, with Joyce DiDonato’s incandescent performance of the Carthaginian queen at its heart

Così fan tutte review – partner swapping in Leeds scandal

by Melanie Eskenazi

Opera North brings us Mozart with mixed results

Chineke! review – assured performances of Watts, Saint-Saëns and Coleridge-Taylor

by Barry Creasy

Saint-Saëns’ organ symphony sandwiched between a couple of works by youthful composers of today and yesteryear

The English Concert review – impeccable performances of Handel at Wigmore Hall

by Barry Creasy

Early works from Handel’s time in Rome and Hanover, as well as a later trio sonata from his later life in London make for a well balanced programme of pure delight

Elijah review – The London Symphony Orchestra and Antonio Pappano deliver the goods a...

by Sam Smith

A tour de force founded on outstanding musicality

Simply Quartet review – Haydn, Webern and Beethoven make Sunday morning complete at t...

by Sam Smith

The Simply Quartet is simply brilliant in this repertoire