Reviews of live performances

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There were two things in Amy Lane’s new production of Part Three of The Ring that delivered much with almost casual simplicity. The staging is part of Longborough’s unfolding cycle...
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In a program offering a trio of late works, the Cleveland Orchestra played all with great clarity, refinement, and subtlety, beginning with a riveting and luminous reading of George Walker’s concise...
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As Lise Davidsen well knows, Wagner’s ‘Dich teure Halle’ is as great a helpful kick-start to a career as it is to a recital, while incidentally paying a nice compliment...
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This was a no-holds-barred account of Giordano’s most-famous work – one in which the minute detail of Illica’s libretto emerged as newly minted owing to some deft characterisation by the...
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The last time I heard this young, gifted Birmingham conductor at work was also with the BBCSO, in their Terezin Immersion Day in January. He was impressive – completely on...
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Akhnaten, the final opera, from 1984, in Philip Glass’s ‘Portrait Trilogy’ of influential historical figures, is back at the Met. Phelim McDermott’s visually spectacular production features circus-like elements of juggling and...
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Handel has long been acknowledged as one of music’s great survivors, as he adapted with chameleonic ease the changing fortunes and fashions of the different contexts in which he found...
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Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn’s operatic adaptation of Hamlet, which premiered at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival, has arrived at the Met, and their daring reconfiguration of Shakespeare’s longest play is...
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This concert performance of Serse was the latest in the English Concert’s annual Handel series at Carnegie Hall. Directed by Harry Bicket with splendid style and subtlety, and intense vigor...
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The first part of this concert saw Gil Shaham in a Concerto by Le Chevalier Saint-Georges. Born Joseph Boulogne to a French planter and his enslaved mistress of African descent...
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The centrepiece of this tripartite concert was Holst’s chamber opera Sāvitri (1909) based on an episode from the Hindu scriptural text, the Mahabharata, about the eponymous character’s overcoming of Death as an illusion,...
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The narrative of Vivaldi’s opera Griselda (1735) will be familiar to readers of classic literature since it appears as the story of patient Griselda in Boccaccio’s Decameron, and was used from that source...
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Seeing that Jules Barbier and Michel Carré’s adaptation of Faust, as the libretto for the opera set by Gounod, largely jettisons the metaphysics and philosophising of Goethe’s play, it is apt...
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Simon Stone makes his Met debut with an audacious staging of Lucia di Lammermoor, updating Donizetti’s tragedy from 17th-century Scotland to present-day American Rust Belt, a once prosperous area now fallen...
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This concert by members of Il Pomo d’Oro was of historically-informed performances in the Baroque style. Maxim Emelyanychev conducted from the harpsichord in the opening Haydn, the last of the composer’s Keyboard Concertos,...
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John Caird’s production and John Napier’s design for WNO’s Don Giovanni (first seen in 2011) draws a particularly direct connection between the title character and the fate he meets at the hands...
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This outstanding production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady ran for more than five-hundred performances at New York’s Lincoln Center before beginning a North American tour in late-2019 that...
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This recital, postponed two months, featured a change in program. Instead of ending with Chopin’s B-minor Sonata, Yefim Bronfman substituted Beethoven’s Op.10/3, and juggled the order of selections so that...
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La Resurrezione (1708) is effectively Handel’s Easter Oratorio, composed in Rome during his Italian travels. Although he never gave up his Protestant faith, however, it is very different from the type...
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Since 2007, when she got her first big break after Martha Argerich backed out of a concert in Boston, followers of Yuja Wang have come to her performances expecting to...
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