Concert Reviews

Photo: Dafydd Owen
Beatrice and Benedict – Berlioz's final work for the stage – is rather the antithesis of his other music dramas, construing that term in its broadest sense to encompass The Damnation of...
Photo: Michele Crosterà
Verdi’s opera about the fifteenth-century Doge of Venice, Francesco Foscari, which he composed in 1844 after Ernani, itself having been premiered in that city (and given in a new production at...
Orlando Furioso generale Photo: Roberto Moro
Orlando furioso (1727) was Vivaldi’s third setting of the famous story from Ariosto’s epic: composed when he was attempting to re-establish his operatic career in his native Venice after a period...
Principal Conductor Edward Gardner, violinist Johan Dalene and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo Credit: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mendelssohn can seem so familiar until you hear a work like the Hebrides Overture for the umpteenth time coming up as fresh and wind-blown as the day the composer sailed...
Photo: Chris Lee
Following tradition, this Philharmonic opening gala concert began with Jaap van Zweden conducting a fervent rendition of the national anthem before launching into a taut, disciplined and exciting account of...
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Conductor Edward Gardner, Mezzo-Soprano Beth Taylor, Soprano Sally Matthews
The Southbank poster blurb for the London Philharmonic’s 2023-24 season-opener sold Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony as “a journey to the end of the world”, a description which, however enticingly apocalyptic, it...
Peter Grimes at the English National Opera.
This second revival of David Alden's production of Peter Grimes for English National Opera (first seen in 2009) comes perhaps unfortunately soon after Deborah Warner's trenchant new one for the Royal...
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO performed at the Royal Opera House. Photo: Camilla Greenwell
Three tableaux on stage during the Overture provide the backstory of the Calatrava family in this first revival of Christof Loy's production of La forza del destino, at early stages in their...
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Tolomeo was the last work Handel composed for his prestigious London opera company, the Royal Academy of Music (premiered in April 1728 with three of his most prominent singers, Senesino,...
Ailey with Judith Jamison. Photo: Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc./Smithsonian Institution
The question of how to continue, develop and progress when you lose your founder is particularly pressing for dance groups; the ensembles established by Maurice Béjart, José Limón, Martha Graham and...
Bayreuth Baroque 2023. Photo: Clemens Manser
It may still come as a surprise to some, but musically ‘Bayreuth’ does not necessarily equal ‘Wagner’. Since 2020 the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival – starting a few days after...
Photo: Chris Lee
The New York Philharmonic kicked off this season with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 2021 film of West Side Story with live orchestral accompaniment. Leonard Bernstein’s iconic score – which...
Photo: Monika Rittershaus
The Royal Opera House's 2023-24 season opens with this first instalment of Barrie Kosky's new Ring, which will unfold over the next four years. In this same year that London also saw...
The Apothecary, Henry Ross (Mengone), Iuno Connolly (Grilletta)
The Apothecary (1768) was the first opera that Haydn wrote (in Italian as Lo speziale) for the court at Esterháza (inaugurating its opera house). It sets a libretto by the...
Photo: Barbican/Ryan Buchanan
There was a fair amount of blue and yellow worn and displayed for the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra’s last concert of their European tour. With Madame Zelanska now its patron, the...
Grimeborn Opera 2023
Céphale et Procris was the first opera written in France by a woman (Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, premiered in 1694, though in his programme notes, this production's director indicates...
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Will Todd’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s acclaimed children’s story, with a libretto by Maggie Gottlieb, frames the story by having its events issue as an apparent dream whilst Alice is...
Verismo (realism or true) opera is often derided for its sensationalism that is not, in fact, very true to real life. However, the high society assassination in Tsarist Russia that is...
Isaac Tover as Bullfighter Dancer in WNO Ainadamar 2023 Credit: Johan Persson
Osvaldo Golijov’s work Ainadamar (2003) is essentially an elegy in dramatised form, to the memory of Federico García Lorca, rather than a straightforward biographical narrative about the Spanish writer assassinated in 1936 at...
Carmen Production Photos, Directed By Anna Morrissey. Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Opera Festival Photo: Ellie Kurtz
Having programmed only comedies and lighter-hearted fare in the previous five years of its existence, Waterperry Opera Festival now ventures into the territory of tragic and sensational repertoire with Bizet's Carmen. Perhaps...
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