History Repeating

Iestyn Davies’ Wigmore Hall recital, ‘History Repeating’, may have explored various composers’ engagement with, and reinterpretation and reinvigoration of, music of the past, but Davies himself is very much the…

Semele, Canadian Opera Company

You never can tell. I would never have predicted which opera would be my favourite of the seven operas programmed this season by the Canadian Opera Company.

Billy Budd — Metropolitan Opera

The Met saved the best of the season for the end of it, revivals of their first-rate productions of two twentieth-century masterpieces, J·naček’s Makropoulos Case and Britten’s Billy Budd.

Damrau Dazzles in Geneva

It is not long into Act One of Mignon at Geneva’s Grand Theatre when Diana Damrau glides on stage as Philine, commands our rapt attention, and sweeps all before her.

VÈronique Gens, Wigmore Hall, London

VÈronique Gens’s recital at the Wigmore Hall, London, was an almost ideal distillation of the belle Èpoque in song.

BartÛk and Szymanowski, Barbican Hall

In this, the second of two LSO concerts in which PÈter Eˆtvˆs replaced Pierre Boulez, one continued to feel the loss of the latter in his repertoire, yet one equally…

My Big Fat American Moustache: A Wartime CosÏ Fan Tutte

An energetic and exceptionally entertaining production of CosÏ fan tutte sung in English and set during World War II, when the Americans often got the girls.

More Casting Changes at Bayreuth


Torsten Kerl to Perform Tannh‰user

Casting changes continue at the Bayreuth Festival, now only three months away.

Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach, Barbican, London

Any performance of Philip Glass’ epic Einstein on the Beach (1976) is a major event. The work’s duration is around five hours and it is directed to be performed without…