The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief: Opera della Luna at Wilton’s Music Hall

Billed as the ‘First British Performance’ – though it had had a prior, quasi-private outing at the Roxburgh Theatre, Stowe in July – Opera della Luna’s production of Johann Strauss…

VÈronique Gens: Visions from Grand OpÈra

Ravishing : Visions, VÈronique Gens in a glorious new recording of French operatic gems, with HervÈ Niquet conducting the M¸nchener Rundfunkorchester. This disc is a companion piece to NÈËre, where…

Glyndebourne perform La clemenza di Tito at the Proms

The advantage of Glyndebourne Opera’s performances at the BBC Proms is that they give us a chance to concentrate on the music making. And there was plenty of high-quality music-making…

Rossini’s Torvaldo e Dorliska in Pesaro

The rare and somewhat interesting Rossini! Torvaldo e Dorliska (1815) comes just after Elisabetta, Regina di Ingleterra (the first of his nineteen operas for Naples) — a huge success, and…

Jakub Hr?öa : Bohemian Reformation Prom

At Prom 56, Jakub Hr?öa conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a programme on the theme of the Hussite Wars and their place in Bohemian culture showing how the Hussite…

Wozzeck at the Salzburg Festival

South African actor, artist, multimedia artist, film and theater, now opera director William Kentridge has taken the world by storm over the past few years. In my experience The Magic…

Lear at the Salzburg Festival

Undaunted by the bloody majesty of this 1606 Shakespeare tragedy, German composer Aribert Reimann embraced the challenge back in the cold-war era (1970’s). Its Munich premiere was in 1978, a…

Ariodante at the Salzburg Festival

From time to time felicitous circumstances create impromptu masterpieces, like the Salzburg 2017 Whitsun Festival production of Handel’s Ariodante that has continued just now into the 2017 summer festival.

Cadogan Hall and soprano Nazan Fikret present Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert

In the wake of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower, the soprano Nazan Fikret decided to rally fellow performers and put together a concert to raise funds for those affected,…

Glimmerglass Being Judgmental

There was a sense of event about the closing performance of Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsberg for days in advance.