English National Opera: Tosca

Poor Puccini. He is far too often treated as a ‘box-office hit’ by our ‘major’ opera houses, at least in Anglophone countries. For so consummate a musical dramatist, that is…

English National Opera: Don Giovanni

Some operas seemed designed and destined to raise questions and debates – sometimes unanswerable and irresolvable, and often contentious. Termed a dramma giocoso, Mozart’s Don Giovanni has, historically, trodden a…

World Premiere Eˆtvˆs, Wigmore Hall, London

PÈter Eˆtvˆs’ The Sirens Cycle received its world premiere at the Wigmore Hall, London, on Saturday night with Piia Komsi and the Calder Quartet. An exceptionally interesting new work, which…

Oxford Lieder Festival: in conversation with Julius Drake

In October 2014, the Oxford Lieder Festival – under its imaginative and intrepid founder, Sholto Kynoch – fulfilled an incredibly ambitious goal: to perform Schubert’s entire corpus of songs –…

CosÏ fan tutte at Covent Garden

Desire and deception; Amor and artifice. In Jan Philipp Gloger’s new production of CosÏ van tutte at the Royal Opera House, the artifice is of the theatrical, rather than the…

Classical Opera: Haydn’s La canterina

We are nearing the end of Classical Opera’s MOZART 250 sojourn through 1766, a year that the company’s artistic director Ian Page admits was ‘on face value … a relatively…

A double dose of Don Quixote at the Wigmore Hall

Since their first appearance in Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s literary master-piece, during the Spanish Golden Age, the ingenuous and imaginative knight-errant, Don Quixote, and his loyal subordinate and squire, Sancho…

Bampton Classical Opera: A double bill of divine comedies

Bampton Classical Opera’s 2016 double-bill ‘touched down’ at St John’s Smith Square last night, following performances in The Deanery Garden at Bampton and The Orangery of Westonbirt School earlier this…

ROH, Norma

The approach of the 2016-17 opera season has brought rising anticipation and expectation for the ROH’s new production – the first at Covent Garden for almost 30 years – of…

Prom 74: Verdi’s Requiem

For the penultimate BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 9 September 2016, Marin Alsop conducted the BBC Youth Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in…