George Hall

The Siege of Calais - review

Donizetti's opera premiered in 1836, a year after his greatest tragedy, Lucia di Lammermoor. Yet it had a limited career in his lifetime before disappearing for 150 years, until the ongoing Donizetti revival returned it to the modern stage. The composer h

Written on Skin, Royal Opera House, London

Premiered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in July 2012, George Benjamin’s first full-scale opera arrives at Covent Garden in the same production - staged by Katie Mitchell and designed by Vicki Mortimer - and once again conducted by the composer.

Tosca - review

One of the Royal Opera's hardy perennials, Puccini's thriller takes a while to hit home in this latest revival of Jonathan Kent's production.

The Barber of Seville - review

Jonathan Miller's classic staging, first seen in 1987, is back for another run. This time, there's a soprano Rosina, instead of the lower mezzo the part was written for. What the character loses in terms of depth and warmth, Lucy Crowe makes up for in spa

Carmen - review

Royal Albert Hall, London Originally presented in 2002, David Freeman's arena staging of Bizet's opera is back for its third revival. It has undoubtedly seen better days; where it used to be sharply focused, some of the action has become fuzzy. Worse,

Medea, Coliseum, London

Adventurous programming continues at the Coliseum with the UK stage premiere of a neglected 1693 masterpiece by the comparatively little known French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Deriving from ancient Greek myths, the plot centres on the sor

Werther, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Massenet's romantic tragedy joins Scottish Opera repertoire in a new staging by up-and-coming director Pia Furtado. Designer Helen Goddard's costumes suggest a period closer to the opera itself (1892) than to the late-18th-century setting of Goethe's nove

LSO/Haitink - review

Wagner's labelling of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony as "the apotheosis of the dance" has stuck to it like glue, and there's no denying that the orchestral repertory offers few accumulations of energy as sustained as this warhorse – at least in any half-d

The Sixteen/Christophers - review

Published in 1641, Monteverdi's late collection Selva Morale e Spirituale brought together a wealth of music he had written for liturgical use over many years' service at St Mark's in Venice, where he was employed from 1613. It includes a mass, hymns, psa

Joyce DiDonato - review

Barbican, London Drama Queens is the title of Joyce DiDonato's recent CD of Baroque arias , many of which she reprised in her Barbican concert with the Italian period-instrument band Il Complesso Barocco under violinist and director Dmitry Sinkov