Reviews Index

Double Bill @ Coliseum, London

by Keith McDonnell

ENO’s bold decision to pair its new production of Duke Bluebeard’s Castle with The Rite of Spring has paid off.Daniel Kramer’s demonically dark and disturbing…



Artaxerxes


If you like Handel opera, but get bored with those convoluted Italian-language plots, then you’ll love Thomas Arne’s Artaxerxes.With great tunes, superb singing, fantastic costumes...

The Tsarina’s Slippers


For a Russian opera, directed by an American of Italian descent, there seems something decidedly English about this new production of Tchaikovsky’s The Tsarina’s Slippers.The...

Messiah


It’s Christmas and the bells on tills are jingling! Deborah Warner’s Messiah is a Christmas card writ large, designed to corner the festive market.“All we...

LPO/Vedernikov @ Royal Festival Hall, London


It was touch and go as to whether this all-Russian concert with the LPO would ever get off the ground.The problem wasn’t the playing, but...

LPO/J�rvi @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Scriabin’s early, rarely performed Piano Concerto and a truncated version of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, arranged by Henk de Vlieger, are an odd but fascinating combo.For...

Philharmonia/Jordan @ Royal Festival Hall, London


The Philharmonia Orchestra continued its season with an exciting programme that contrasted Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven.Conductor Philippe Jordan and pianist Piotr Anderszewski, were the distinguished...

LPO/N�zet-S�guin @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Since assuming the role of the LPO’s Principal Guest Conductor a year ago, Yannick Nzet-Sguin has become been a regular visitor to the British capital....

Tolemeo


It’s always good to see a near punch-up at the opera, especially when it’s an opera like Tolomeo.It reminds us of the trouble Handel had...

Teseo


As almost the final hurrah in a year which has seen much celebration of Handel’s output, English Touring Opera has weighed in with Handelfest, a...

Philharmonia/Segerstam @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Talk about contrasts. In pairing violinist Nicola Benedetti with conductor Leif Segerstam this concert given by the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall not...

The Truth about Love


Taking its title from one of Brittens Cabaret Songs, The Truth about Love was very cleverly devised and directed by Jos Dario Innella.Aptly subtitled Dramatic...

LSO/Haitink @ Barbican Hall, London


Despite authoritative conducting by Bernard Haitink and scrupulously detailed playing by the LSO, this performance of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde failed to catch...

BBC SO/Belohlávek @ Barbican Hall, London


Bohuslav Martinu died in 1959 and, sadly, his 50th anniversary this year has been rather swallowed up by those of so many other composers.Thank goodness,...

BBC SO/Belohlávek @ Barbican Hall, London


Bohuslav Martinu died in 1959 and, sadly, his 50th anniversary this year has been rather swallowed up by those of so many other composers.Thank goodness,...

Philharmonia/Salonen @ Royal Festival Hall, London


This performance of Berg’s Wozzeck revealed just how good opera can be when singers and orchestra alike perform at the top of their game. But...

L’Heure Espagnole/Gianni Schicchi


It’s always heartening when a revival not only comes up looking as fresh as a daisy but is even more compelling than when it was...

Turandot @ Coliseum, London


Rupert Goold’s chaotic staging of Turandot for ENO falls flat on its face, and proves to be yet another unrevivable mess of a major repertory...

The Turn of the Screw @ Coliseum, London


Revisiting The Turn of Screw for the first time in over half a century Sir Charles Mackerras brings his Midas touch to bear on Britten’s...

Carmen


Opera houses can’t go wrong with Carmen. With great tunes and a gripping storyline, it’s a perennial crowd pleaser.But to stand out from the crowd,...

Imogen Cooper @ Wigmore Hall, London


The Imogen Cooper 60th Birthday Concert was more than just a concert. It was a party in which some of Cooper’s closest work colleagues, and...