Netrebko and Hvorostovsky, Royal Festival Hall, London

By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 21 January 2010]
It has been a very odd winter for celebrity concerts in London. There was Cecilia Bartoli flouncing around in velvet breeches pretending to be a castrato, Bryn Terfel whip in hand as the devil, Angela Gheorghiu trailing a little-known Romanian tenor and a fleeting appearance by RenÈe Fleming that was over almost before it had begun.