Concert Reviews

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...
Photo: www.baroque-encounter.com
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...
Photo: if opera
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...
Olga Peretyatko and Varduhi Abrahamyan
Adelaide di Borgogna (1817) – rarely seen anywhere beyond the Rossini Opera Festival – here receives its third outing in just seventeen years (previously a 2006 semi-staging, and then a full...
Alexey Tatarintsev and Davide Giangregorio
Aureliano in Palmira (1813) is probably remembered – when at all – for the fact that its Overture was reused by Rossini for The Barber of Seville. Here that now ubiquitous extract...
Eduardo e Cristina (1819) is one of the least well-known of Rossini’s forty or so operas, probably unsurprisingly since it was hastily put together (for Venice while he was otherwise working at...
Photo: Craig Fuller
On first thoughts, Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘spooky’ Ruddigore (1887) seems an odd choice for a summer opera festival. But its presentation is well timed at this point in the year and in...
The Zoo Photo: Curtis Rogers
Three (brief) one Act operas by Sullivan here, but only one of them a collaboration with Gilbert. The Zoo – perhaps the most obscure – was written at the same time as Trial...
Australian Ballet - Jewels. Photo: roh.org.uk
A warm welcome to Australian Ballet in its first visit to Covent Garden in some 35 years.  Now under the direction of the former American star dancer David Hallberg, the ensemble...
Skip to content