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Tim Ashley

The Rape of Lucretia - review

The Rape of Lucretia is Britten's problem piece.

Death in Venice - review

Opera North's production of Britten's last stage work is a thing of simple beauty, though not without eccentricities.

LSO/Haitink - review

The monstrosity of Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony wasn't quite captured but a Mozart piano concerto was extraordinary "An incredible monster in many ways" is how Bernard Haitink , in a recent interview , described Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony , the

Verdi: Requiem

Harteros/Garan?a/Kaufmann/Pape/La Scala Orchestra and Chorus/Barenboim (Decca) Daniel Barenboim 's new recording of the Requiem , his second, was taped live at La Scala Milan last year. Not everyone, I suspect, will like it. It's a thoughtful, consider

Verdi: Otello

Stoyanova/Antonenko/Guelfi/Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Muti (CSO Resound) "The greatest living interpreter of Verdi" is how Riccardo Muti is described in the sleeve notes for his new Otello , taped live in Chicago in 2011 and released on the

Jonas Kaufmann: The Verdi Album

Kaufmann/Parma Opera Orchestra/Morandi (Sony) Jonas Kaufmann 's long-awaited Verdi Album is something of a disappointment. Of the 11 operas from which he sings extracts, only two - Rigoletto and Don Carlos - were in his stage repertoire at the time of r

Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces; Ave Maria; Libera Me - review

Agresta/Orchestra and Chorus of the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Pappano (Warner) This beautiful disc from Antonio Pappano and the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia covers roughly the same territory as their Prom this summer. The main work

Jason - review

First heard in Venice in 1649, Francesco Cavalli's Giasone – given as Jason by English Touring Opera – was the most popular Italian opera of the 17th century, performed Europe-wide and much imitated, until subsequent generations turned against it.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Christie - review

Gamechangers is a new Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment series that sets out to present "the sounds that shocked audiences and challenged conventions" in performances by "artists who are gamechangers in the musical scene today."

A Midsummer Night's Dream - review

Grand theatre, Leeds Opera North pile on the erotic charge and musical gorgeousness in their version of Britten's 60s-set opera Martin Duncan 's Opera North staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream , first seen in 2008, relocates Britten 's Shakespeari