Classical & Opera
To take Figaro – the ultimate operatic assault on class distinctions and social hierarchies – and set it on a giant revolve is a gesture as wilful as it is elegant. Not only are divisions of above and below-stairs dissolved in this steadily circling...
Coliseum, LondonConductor Jaime Martín turns in a lively account of the score, but the production would benefit from more zest and wit Continue reading...
Taken from a 1961 radio broadcast, this famous performance, long familiar on the bootleg circuit, finally gets a commercial release as part of Orfeo's series devoted to the Bayreuth festivals archives.
Even Schumann’s greatest admirers – and I’d count myself among them – would never claim that his choral music is the most significant or rewarding part of his output.
According to the programme essay, Philip Glass describes his latest opera as “serious, but also hilariously funny”.
Rupert Christiansen wishes Philip Glass could build dramatic momentum into his opera.
Kafka, Glass, Hampton: this new chamber opera is a dream ticket.
Tom Cairns's modern-dress touring production enjoys fine leads in Irina Dubrovskaya and Zach Borichevsky, and skilful support throughout.
Half a century ago, Kafka’s The Trial (written around 1920) still read like a brilliant, if paranoid, fantasy. Re-read it now, in the age of extraordinary rendition and mass surveillance, and what will strike you is its astonishing prescience, both in...