Concert Reviews

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits for his last Dorset performance as Chief Conductor at Lighthouse, Poole on Wednesday, 15 May 2024 Photo: Mark Allan
Wednesday’s concert at the Lighthouse concluded one of the most imaginative orchestral partnerships in the UK. As the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s second-longest-serving chief conductor, Kirill Karabits bid farewell to colleagues...
Photo: Craig Fuller
It’s not so much twice Alexander as thrice Martinů, since this double bill of operas by that composer here happily follows soon after the Royal Opera House’s equally rare staging...
Photo: Chris Lee
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s wound up its 2023-2024 season on Carnegie Hall’s mainstage with a program featuring two choral masterpieces by Brahms including this Hall’s premiere of Begräbnisgesang (Burial Song) scored...
Photo: Steve J. Sherman
Five years on, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra returned to Carnegie Hall now with its new Chief Conductor. In line with the ‘Fall of the Weimar Republic: Dancing on the...
Photo: Monika Rittershaus
A ‘bourgeois comedy’ is how Strauss described his autobiographical opera (1924), based on a real incident in which a misdirected letter (owing to the confusion of Strauss’s name with a...
Photo: New Sussex Opera Charlotte Badham (Mauxalinda) and Chorus
John Frederick Lampe’s opera The Dragon of Wantley (1737) is based on a Yorkshire legend about a ferocious dragon who terrorises the area of Wharncliffe Crags that was made better known in...
Sir András Schiff Photo: Yutaka Suzuki
In these revelatory performances from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir András Schiff, no one could possibly doubt his passion for Mendelssohn who Hans von Bulow once...
2024-04-12-The Philadelphia Orchestra Yannick Nézet-Séguin by Todd Rosenberg, Karen Cargill by Nadine Boyd
In a program showcasing music by the Mahlers, Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the Philadelphia Orchestra in the former’s Seventh Symphony, preceded by four elusive songs by his wife (née Alma Schindler)...
Photo: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Edward Gardner, Seong-Jin Cho and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner fashioned a clear-sighted account of the Tippett, controlling the first movement’s gnarly energy and gentle sonorities with ease and allowed a natural unfolding of the music’s tension and...
Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
Although The Rake’s Progress is ultimately a moral fable, Polly Graham’s production doesn’t take it with too much po-faced seriousness. Rather it plays up its mordant humour by presenting it as like...
Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
Alongside considerable colour and exuberance, Jude Christian's production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut for English Touring Opera poignantly, even sardonically, contrasts  the life of luxury which the eponymous character could have had with...
Dietrich Volle (Müller), AJ Glueckert (Görge), Alfred Reiter (Pastor) and Magdalena Hinterdobler (Grete) as well as an ensemble in the background
George, the title character of Zemlinsky’s third opera (composed between 1903 and 1907, but not premiered until long after his death in 1980) is usually taken, in his eponymous dreaming...
L'ITALIANA IN LONDRA | Domenico Cimarosa | WA 30.03.2024 | Oper FrankfurtMusikalische Leitung Julia JonesInszenierung R.B. SchlatherSzenische Leitung der Wiederaufnahme Caterina Panti LiberoviciBühnenbild Paul SteinbergKostüme Doey LüthiLicht Joachim KleinDramaturgie Mareike WinkLivia Monika BuczkowskaMadama Brillante Bianca TognocchiSumers Theo LebowMilord Arespingh Mikołaj TrąbkaDon Polidoro Dennis ChmelenskyFrankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester Photo: Barbara Aumuller
The Italian Girl in London (1778) is one of the earlier operas by the prolific older contemporary of Mozart, Cimarosa. Although termed an intermezzo, as a comedy essentially it follows the same...
WNO Così fan tutte James Atkinson Guglielmo Kayleigh Decker Dorabella photo credit Elliott Franks
Many remember the name, in English, of Mozart and Da Ponte's third operatic collaboration as 'Women are like that', with more than a whiff of apparent misogyny in it (the...
WNO Death in Venice Mark le Brocq Gustav von Aschenbach and the cast of Death in Venice photo credit Johan Persson
Thomas Mann's literary art is noted for the various potent dichotomies which it frequently poses for consideration – between youth and maturity, growth and decay, thought and action, form and...
ENO-Chorus. ENOs Duke Bluebeards Castle-2024. Photo © Nirah-Sanghani
Bartók’s only opera Duke Bluebeard’s Castle is one of the repertoire’s darker stars. It is only an hour long but its disturbing content, of the wife-murdering Duke and Judith his...
On first glance, the three Psalm settings are probably better known to those familiar with Handel's choral music as titles among the eleven Chandos Anthems, which he wrote when working...
Photo: Fadi Kheir
Back in Carnegie Hall since its 2003 concert with Christoph Eschenbach, the Orchestre de Paris, with current Music Director Klaus Mäkelä, performed two of Igor Stravinsky’s most popular scores. The...
Albert Herring at the RAM. Photo: Craig Fuller
With themes of social and sexual repression, entitled autocracy and self-discovery, Britten’s Albert Herring is catnip to opera directors, as ruling conservative values (boo) and progressive liberalism (hurrah) slug it...
Photo: Camilla Greenwell
Many people know the story of the human curiosity or ‘freak of nature’ Joseph Merrick, if only because of John Hurt’s depiction of him in the film The Elephant Man (memorably using...
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