Stéphanie D’Oustrac: Sirènes

After D’Oustrac’s striking success as Cassandre in Berlioz Les Troyens, this will reach audiences less familiar with her core repertoire in the baroque and grand opéra. Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été…

Faust in Marseille

We sat, bewildered, all of us, watching (enduring) Gounod’s sweet little tear jerker as a nasty drug trip. Except for the Australian Marguerite it was an all French cast and…

Down in flames: Les Troyens, OpÈra de Paris

Hector Berlioz’s Les Troyens with Philippe Jordan conducting the OpÈra National de Paris. Since Les Troyens headlined the inauguration of OpÈra Bastille 30 years ago, we might have expected something…

Luminous Mahler Symphony no.3: FranÁois-Xavier Roth, G¸rzenich-Orchester Kˆln

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.3 with FranÁois-Xavier Roth and the G¸rzenich-Orchester Kˆln, now at last on CD, released by Harmonia Mundi, after the highly acclaimed live performance streamed a few months…

Andrew Davis conducts Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ at Hoddinott Hall

A weekend commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) entitled Berlioz: The Ultimate Romantic was launched in style from Cardiff’s Hoddinott Hall with a magnificent account…

Love Songs: Temple Song Series

In contrast to the ‘single-shaming’ advertisement – “To the 12,750 people who ordered a single takeaway on Valentine’s Day. You ok, hun?” – for which the financial services company, Revolut,…

Philip Glass: Akhnaten – English National Opera

There is a famous story that when Philip Glass first met Nadia Boulanger she pointed to a single bar of one of his early pieces and said: “There, that was…

Rachvelishvili excels in ROH Orchestra’s Russian programme

Cardboard buds flaming into magic orchids. The frenzied whizz of a Catherine Wheel as it pushes forth its fiery petals. A harvest sky threshed and glittering with golden grain.

Independent Opera & Britten Sinfonia celebrate bicentenary of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert’s births

To celebrate the bicentenary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s births in 2019, Independent Opera (IO) and Britten Sinfonia present the first public performance of Joby Talbot’s new cantata A…

English National Opera to reprise its 5* production of Paul Bunyan at the historic Alexandra Palace Theatre

Following its sell-out success at Wilton’s Music Hall in September 2018, English National Opera’s acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan will be revived in May at the equally historically…