Reviews of live performances

Elza van den Heever as Rodelinda. Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera
Stephen Wadsworth’s 2004 staging of Handel’s Rodelinda, last seen at the Met in 2011, is back for its third revival, and it looks and sounds as good as ever. Elza van...
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Lang Lang’s followers turned out in numbers for this recital, clearly more enthused by the artist than by the music. As he has in other venues, Lang Lang prefaced the Goldbergs with...
Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma performs All-Beethoven Program: Symphony No. 6,
Prior to this evening, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma last performed together at Carnegie Hall on March 4, 2020, with a Beethoven program, eight days before the venue closed for eighteen...
English Touring Opera - Alys Mererid Roberts (Golden Cockeral) and Robert Lewis (The Astrologer). Photo - Englishtouringopera.org.uk
Russia has just lost a war through political and military incompetence, prompting discontent with its overweening and undesired imperial ambitions amongst its population, as well as an attempted revolution. This...
Herbert Blomstedt returns to conduct the New York Philharmonic performing works by Nielsen and Beetoven Symphony 5 at Alice Tully Hall, 3/3/2022. Photo by Chris Lee
For this New York Philharmonic concert, the ninety-four-year-old Herbert Blomstedt took on two heavyweight Symphonies, pairing Carl Nielsen’s Fourth, in which the composer expresses “the spirit of life”, with another...
Joshua Bell Academy of St Martin and Miami City Ballet. Photo: Daniel Azoulay
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Joshua Bell concluded their ten-day Miami residency with an eclectic collaborative concert with Miami Chamber Music Society and Miami City Ballet....
Daniil Trifonov. Photo: Dario Acosta
Daniil Trifonov’s incredible expressivity and artistry were on full display in this dense and demanding program exploring a wide array of moods and textures.  Although Szymanowski dispensed with the four-movement structure...
Swan Lake - Royal Ballet. Photo: Bill Cooper/ROH
What makes Swan Lake still the most famous and most popular ballet? The answer lies in one word: poetry. The Royal Ballet’s current production is written in prose. It is...
Meigui Zhang as Thibault, Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth, Etienne Dupuis as Rodrigue, and Joo Won Kang as the Count of Lerme in Verdi's
Following a moving rendition of the Ukrainian national anthem by the Met’s chorus and orchestra during which the audience stood in silence, the curtain rose on the company’s first-ever production...
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Just a few days after Barbara Hannigan’s remarkable, devastating presentation of Poulenc’s La voix humaine at the Barbican comes the Guildhall School’s double bill of operas just across Silk Street, the first...
Palm Beach Opera – Donizetti’s’s L’Elisir d’amore. Photo - Bruce Bennett
Palm Beach Opera continues its sixtieth anniversary season with Donizetti’s ever-popular L’Elisir d’amore. In this delightful production, her sixth for the company, Fenlon Lamb has outdone herself, her direction enabling...
Barbara Hannigan
A lament for lost German culture and a monologue of handwringing fervour have trauma as their starting point. If Richard Strauss and Francis Poulenc make unlikely bedfellows, these late works...
Reinis Zariņš. Photo by Andris Sprogis
At this point in the calendar, a little over halfway between Christmas and where Easter falls this year, it was apt to be reminded in Messiaen's substantial cycle on the infant Jesus,...
Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra with Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, soloists Angel Blue (soprano), Rihab Chaieb (mezzo-soprano), Matthew Polenzani (tenor) and Ryan Speddo Green (bass-baritone) at Carnegie Hall, 21 February 2022. Photo by Chris Lee
This concert wrapped up the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall cycle of Beethoven’s Symphonies with a spirited rendition of the First and a reflective reading of the Ninth, alongside an impressive...
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Ravel didn’t have a very high opinion of Wagner’s powers of orchestration, but he might have reconsidered had he heard what the Philharmonia and Roderick Cox made of the Siegfried...
NDT2 Simple Things. Dancers: Kenedy Kallas and Auguste Palayer. Photo: Tristram Kenton
A very grown-up programme from the young dancers of the junior ensemble of Nederlands Dans Theater.  Given their close relationship between the senior company, NDT2 benefits from an impressively high...
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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center continues its New Milestones series with Marc Neikrug’s 2018 A Song by Mahler, which had its world premiere at Chamber Music Northwest’s 2021 Summer Festival...
Jakub Józef Orliński - photo by Jiyang Chen
In the midst of his appearances at the Royal Opera House in its staging of Handel's oratorio Theodora, Jakub Józef Orliński gave this recital of sacred arias from the Baroque...
The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by John Wilson (James Ehnes: violin) perform Walton: Violin Concerto and Elgar: Symphony No.1in the Southbank's Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 10 Feb. 2022 Photo by Mark Allan
In recent years John Wilson has emerged as a significant force in British music life even if audiences like him best as the man who extended the concept of authentic...
Acosta Danza: 100% Cuban
It was unfortunate for the Acosta Danza company that their founder and director Carlos Acosta was not present for their opening night at Sadler’s Wells – he was in Southampton,...
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