Reviews of live performances

A scene from The Nutcracker by The Royal Ballet @ The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. (Opening 08-12-15) ©Tristram Kenton 12/15 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com
Three cheers for Sir Peter! Peter Wright, a mainstay of British ballet for many decades, turns ninety-five on 25th November, and The Royal Ballet, having recently revived his Giselle, now also...
Liv Redpath, with The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin Photograph: Chris Lee
For many years The MET Orchestra has regularly made two or three annual appearances at Carnegie Hall. This season concertgoers have even more opportunities to hear it outside The MET's...
How wonderful to be back in the Britten Theatre and to see and hear some of the young talent being nurtured over these last few tricky years on the stage...
Matthew Rose (Wotan) and Rachel Nicholls (BrŸnnhilde), Nicky Spence (Siegmund), Emma Bell (Sieglinde), Brindley Sherratt (Hunding), Susan Bickley (Fricka) in The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner @ London Coliseum. An English National Opera production. Directed by Richard Jones. Conducted by Martyn Brabbins. (Opening 19-11-2021) ©Tristram Kenton 11-21 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com
A bold and confident statement of intent for any opera company is to put on a staging of the epic that is Richard Wagner’s opera tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen....
This neatly-conceived program, the second in the 2021-22 Rose Studio Season of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, traversed more than two centuries of British music in under an...
Karen Gomyo. Photograph: Gabrielle Revere
Dima Slobodeniouk made a propitious New York Philharmonic debut in this concert, leading a program originally scheduled to be conducted by Semyon Bychkov, who withdrew for reasons unknown. The evening...
Macbeth (Simon Keenlyside), ROH Chorus, ROH Macbeth (c) ROH 2021 Photograph: Clive Barda
“Contains adult themes” informs the ‘guidance’ to this production that is given on the online cast-sheet for this revival of Phyllida Lloyd’s evocative and stylised production from 2002 of Verdi’s...
Whether or not the timing of Welsh National Opera’s programming of The Barber of Seville is intentional this season, the story of Rosina’s escape from enforced confinement in the home...
Quinteto Astor Piazzolla. Photograph: Cristian Welcomme
Quinteto Astor Piazzolla is celebrating the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the eponymous Argentine composer-bandoneónist with a world tour, performing a representative selection of his prolific output that revolutionized...
I find it hard to believe, but it looks as though this Philharmonia concert gave us the first time Alina Ibragimova has performed Beethoven's Violin Concerto in the UK; the...
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Rose Studio – Valerie Coleman, Darius Milhaud, Henri Tomasi, Pavel Haas & Elliott Carter Photograph: Fred Stucker
The Rose Studio Concerts of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) seem to come from another planet than those presented in its sister venue, Alice Tully Hall. For...
This concert continued the Philadelphia Orchestra's Carnegie Hall celebration of Beethoven 250 with two of the composer's later Symphonies framing Carlos Simon's Fate Now Conquers, a 2019 work which they...
Welsh National Opera's production of Madama Butterfly. Photograph: Richard Hubert Smith
After a forty or so year run with its previous production of Madama Butterfly, Welsh National Opera presents a new interpretation of Puccini's perennial tragedy that wrenches it into the twenty-first century. The...
This sell-out concert attracted a younger audience than one associates with the Philharmonia, thanks in part to the renown of a soloist who has managed to combine social-media presence with...
A new company in a new (or reclaimed venue) is something to shout about, and Stephen Higgins's and Daisy Evans’s Theatre of Sound is making something of a splash with...
The only obvious connection between the two works in this LPO programme is that they were both composed in Hungary. Edward Gardner, in his first season as the London Philharmonic’s...
It is hard to think of a more dispiriting evening at the ballet.  Carlos Acosta’s first calling card in London since assuming the directorship of Birmingham Royal Ballet has his...
This concert celebrated life’s passing at its most sumptuous, opening with Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs – the Philharmonia gave the premiere posthumously, conducted by Furtwängler with Kirsten Flagstad at...
After eighteen months of canceled performances, Leonidas Kavakos has finally launched his three-part Perspectives series, postponed from the 2019-20 season. For this first concert, the violinist partnered with his longtime...
A concert with a couple of familiar favourites, a popular soloist, and an orchestra and conductor who like to challenge and educate: the Queen Elizabeth Hall was at capacity. Mendelssohn...
Share This
Skip to content