ETO at Home: Ferrandini’s Il pianto di Maria

English Touring Opera’s ETO at Home project has seen the company produce a series of films of operas, large scale vocal works, chamber music and song which can be viewed…

Exile and Isolation: Julian Anderson’s Suite from Exiles, the LSO and Simon Rattle

Often you go to concerts and the programming isn’t especially obvious – why are these works being played besides each other?  This is particularly the case with concertos and symphonies.…

Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Opera House

As an exploration of 18th-century class structures Le nozze di Figaro is a timeless classic which no number of revivals will diminish.  With its thumb-nosing at society’s upper echelons, it’s no…

Hasse’s serenata, La Semele, at Wigmore Hall

The cultural influence of Ovid’s Metamorphoses is immeasurable.  A source of inspiration for artists, sculptors, novelists, poets and composers for centuries, its myths have furnished countless composers and librettists with…

Florencia en el Amazonas at Lyric Opera of Chicago

For its final production during Fall 2021, Lyric Opera of Chicago staged Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas with Ana María Martínez in the title role of the diva confronting…

Angels and Demons: Christmas Eve with I Fagiolini

I Fagiolini can always be relied upon to bring a double shot of invention and intellect to a choral Christmas cocktail.  Stalwarts of VOCES8’s Live from London festivals, their Monterverdian…

A Renaissance Christmas: Stile Antico, live from London

Place ‘A Renaissance Christmas’ alongside ‘Stile Antico’ and one might comfortingly anticipate familiar festive fare, immaculately performed.  That final expectation was rewardingly fulfilled in this instalment of VOCES8’s Live from…

‘Hymns to the Virgin’: The Tallis Scholars at St John’s Smith Square

St John’s Smith Square’s 36th Christmas Festival has gone ahead as planned. That in itself is something to grant seasonal cheer, especially at what again is proving a trying time…

A stirring Nabucco at Covent Garden

The run-up to curtain-up wasn’t auspicious.  The Royal Opera House prefaced this opening night of the revival of Daniele Abbado’s 2013 production of Nabucco with an earlier announcement that the…

Kirill Karabits conducts the LSO in mixed performances at the Barbican

Dedicated to the memory of Bernard Haitink, this Barbican concert with the London Symphony Orchestra could have been stymied by cancellations of conductor and soloist.  But Ukrainian-born Kirill Karabits (more…