Peter Grimes, ENO

For many years, the shadow of Peter Pears hovered at the shoulder of any tenor who dared to offer their own reading of Britten’s equivocal fisherman. But, as the aural…

Puccini’s La bohËme at Arizona Opera

On January 25, 2014, Arizona Opera presented Candace Evans production of Puccini’s La bohËme with exciting young artists Zach Borichevsky and Corinne Winters as a romantic Rodolfo and his charming…

Francesco Bartolomeo Conti: L’Issipile

Francesco Bartolomeo Conti (1681-1732) isn’t a name that trips off opera-goers’ tongues; similarly neglected is Conti’s last opera L’Issipile, despite the fact that composer (who was also a theorbo player…

Christoph PrÈgardien, Wigmore Hall

Christoph PrÈgardien has always been a master of creative, exciting ways with Lieder.

Parsifal, Chicago

The dimly lit stage becomes gradually suffused with spare light during the prelude to Richard Wagner’s Parsifal in its new production at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

La traviata, Chicago

In a staging shared with Houston Grand Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago presented recently a new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata.

Gluck: Orpheus and Eurydice

If you’re the sort of audience member who, when watching a performance of a play or opera, often experiences the urge to abandon your seat and join in with action,…

Gerald Finley: Winterreise

Tenor or baritone? Everyone will have their own individual preference about the voice type best suited to Schubert’s Winterreise — and about the manner in which the songs should be…

Jules Massenet: Manon, ROH

Tart with a heart, pleasure-loving ingÈnue, exploited naÔf, or femme fatale?

Songlives: Johannes Brahms

This recital, part of an inventive series overseen by pianist Malcolm Martineau, did exactly what it said on the tin: it journeyed the length of Brahms’ creative life as a…