Reviews of live performances

Soprano Angel Blue performing with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall. Photo: Steve J Sherman
In an imaginative line-up of old and new Americana, the concert opened with the Suite by Matthew Aucoin crafted from his 2020 opera, Eurydice. At the Met, where the opera – a retelling...
Mitsuko Uchida bows after performing and conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 5 Feb. 2022 Photo by Mark Allan
Mitsuko Uchida has an extraordinary capacity to bring out all the colour and complexity in music. It is her ability to perfectly judge the necessary ‘weight’ with which to touch,...
Claire Booth (Irene) and James Laing (Tamerlano) in Vivaldi’s Bajazet. Photograph: Irish National Opera/Kip Carroll
It has only taken three centuries for a Vivaldi opera to be presented at Covent Garden! But it has been worth the wait. The subject matter of this debut will...
Photo: Florida Grand Opera
In composing A Streetcar Named Desire, André Previn rose to the rather difficult challenge of creating an operatic adaptation of one of the most iconic of American plays. His score remains...
Joyce DiDonato (Irene) and Julia Bullock (Theodora) in the Royal Opera House new staging of Theodora. Photograph -Camilla Greenwell
Judging from the number of performances of Theodora in recent times, including staged productions, this has become one of Handel’s most respected oratorios ('popular' would be too glib a word...
Quartetto di Cremona with David Shifrin. Photo by Da Ping Luo
Under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center, the Quartetto di Cremona made its Lincoln Center debut. Violinists and viola-player performed while standing, with the cellist...
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Jonathan Miller died in 2019, but his productions are still in English National Opera’s core repertory. In 2009, the opera world was surprised when, after a gap of twelve years,...
Vasily Petrenko. Photograph by Mark McNulty
Returning to Carnegie Hall for the first time in twenty-five years, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concluded its nine-city, fourteen-performance American tour with this concert. Music Director Vasily Petrenko addressed the sold-out hall,...
Alexander Malofeev and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
''The works of Rimsky-Korsakov may be conveniently divided into two groups: the over-played and the unknown.'' So claimed the musicologist Richard Taruskin. Now Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra...
Palm Beach Opera — Georges Bizet’s Carmen — Zachary Nelson as Escamillo. Photo - Bruce Bennett
Palm Beach Opera, celebrating its sixtieth anniversary, launched its 2022 season with a highly entertaining production of Bizet’s Carmen. Starring in the title role, J’Nai Bridges superbly embodied, both vocally and dramatically,...
Nathalie Stutzmann with the LSO. Photo Mark Allan
Great to be part of a well-filled auditorium. And what a performance of the Concerto it was. Entering in a flame-red dress Alina Ibragimova exuded seriousness of purpose and collaborative...
The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
This diverse MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble program spanning three centuries opened with a radiant account of the Sextet from Richard Strauss’s final opera, Capriccio. The serenely pensive single-movement serves as a prelude to the...
Maxim Vengerov by Naim Chidiac, Simon Trpčeski by Benjamin Ealovega
After a two-year absence, Maxim Vengerov was back in Carnegie Hall, this time with Simon Trpčeski. Together they delivered an astutely arranged, elegantly executed program. The evening opened on a...
Soprano Lise Davidsen is accompanied by Leif Ove Andsnes on piano in the Barbican Hall on Thursday, 13 Jan. 2022. Photo credit: Mark Allan/Barbican
Pace some precipitate bursts of applause before the artists had indicated their performances had ended there was nothing not to like in this sensational recital. To have Leif Ove Andsnes partner...
Igor Levit
For this, his first appearance in Carnegie Hall's 2,800-seat Stern Auditorium, Igor Levit offered a wide-ranging yet cohesive program. A Beethoven Piano Sonata ending in a set of variations led...
Maxim Vengerov and Simon Trpčeski. Photo by Mark Allan
It doesn’t seem possible, yet it is a decade since Maxim Vengerov, then only in his thirties, initiated his career reboot after four years dealing with a shoulder injury. Since...
photo: Compagnia de Violini
There was a wry (intentional?) irony in programming this Serenata on 6 January. In the Christian calendar that is the feast of the Epiphany – the formal end of the...
Renée Fleming photo: Decca/Timothy White
Although Renée Fleming’s program seems at first blush to be a hodgepodge lacking any thematic links, it can rather be seen as a reflection of the arc of Fleming’s career....
Varduhi Abrahamyan as Maddalena, Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua, Andrea Mastroni as Sparafucile, Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto, and Rosa Feola as Gilda in Verdi's
The Met Opera welcomes 2022 with the arrival of Bartlett Sher's production of Rigoletto, which began life at the Staatsoper Berlin in June of 2019. In Sher’s staging the action of has...
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall – Baroque Concertos.
A December tradition now in its twenty-eighth year is the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's presentation of the six Brandenburg Concertos in one sitting. The December 2020 CMS performance had to...
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