Desert songs given an extra layer of drama

Vancouver Opera’s Norma pleases, but takes no risks

THOMAS: Hamlet — London 2003

Hamlet: OpÈra in five acts.

Music composed by Ambroise Thomas. Libretto by Michel CarrÈ and Jules Barbier after The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare.

Mark Padmore at Wigmore Hall

Mark Padmore and The English Concert took us on a journey from the dark depths of melancholy to the ethereal transcendence of joy, in a display of consummate artistry at the Wigmore Hall.

Cecilia Bartoli, The Tsarina’s Slippers, Swanhunter, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

A beer at the opera with Falstaff

Esther at NYCO

The question that puzzled me when attending Esther was Why.

Le Balcon, Grand Theatre, Bordeaux

Swan Song of Offenbach, the Outsider

Two by Philip Glass