Opera + Classical Music Reviews

Britten, The Five Canticles – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

A wonderful chance to hear Britten performed in a wonderful venue



Coote / Blackshaw – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

Leeds Lieder Festival is live again, staged in the beautiful Victoria Hall, which is a star in itself

The Marriage of Figaro @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

Director Oliver Platt brought Don Giovanni to Holland Park in 2017 and Così fan tutte a year later, but no one could have foreseen the circumstances under which he would end up staging ‘Figaro’

La traviata @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

La traviata is back at Opera Holland Park. It is different but, if anything, even better than before

London Sinfonietta / Mark Padmore @ Kings Place, London

by Benjamin Poore

Kings Place was host to a concert of English music fronted by the London Sinfonietta

Die Walküre @ Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough

by Sam Smith

Das Rheingold appeared at Longborough in 2019, but the two year wait for the second instalment in Wagner’s Ring Cycle was definitely worth it

Winterreise: Padmore / Kolesnikov @ The Ragged Music Festival, London

by Benjamin Poore

Schubert’s great work is presented in an ideal setting

La corona @ St John’s, Smith Square, London

by Sam Smith

Live audiences may be back, but those who missed out on Bampton Classical Opera’s latest performance can still catch it online

Synchron Stage Orchestra / Johannes Vogel: Brahms @ On Air

by Benjamin Poore

Streaming performance continues even after the return of live music. It’s the best of both worlds

The Individual Heart: London Symphony Orchestra / Reynolds @ LSO St Luke’s, London

by Barry Creasy

The London Symphony Orchestra under Lee Reynolds in a programme of Percy Grainger

London Symphony Orchestra / Noseda @ LSO St Luke’s, London

by Barry Creasy

Strauss, Liszt and Rota feature in a remarkable performance by the LSO

Benjamin Grosvenor @ Barbican Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Online music resumes from the Barbican featuring a virtuosic pianist

OBS Easter Festival: St John Passion & Easter Oratorio @ Christ Church Cathedral, ...

by Melanie Eskenazi

It was not easy being deprived of live music over the long Easter weekend, but there is a way to enjoy it

Messiah Reimagined @ St George’s Hanover Square, London

by Barry Creasy

A brilliant transcontinental mosaic of Handel’s great work from The London Handel Festival

Stile Antico @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

“A consummate understanding of the idiom”. Stile Antico sing Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories at Wigmore Hall

‘Into the Hands of Sinners’ @ St John’s Smith Square, London

by Barry Creasy

Tenebrae Choir curate a moving choral summation of the events of Holy Week for the opening of the St John’s Smith Square Holy Week Festival

Music for Holy Week: Holy Monday – Penderecki’s ‘St Luke Passion’

by Barry Creasy

A more realistic portrayal of Golgotha: Penderecki’s St Luke Passion, enjoyed by Barry Creasy

Der Rosenkavalier @ Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

by Melanie Eskenazi

A stunning new Der Rosenkavalier premiered in Munich, despite Covid-19. Melanie Eskenazi witnessed the spectacle

Tynan / Tritschler / Baillieu @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy joins the celebration of St Patrick’s Day in songs with Irish connections at the Wigmore

Rudge / Glynn @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Roll out the vaccines. In the meantime, the Wigmore Hall is still operating virtually. Barry Creasy visits from the safety of his home

Danny Driver @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy experiences thoughtful intimacy from pianist Danny Driver