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Bryn Terfel lords it over 'Faust' magnificently

There’s a great deal to disapprove of in Gounod’s Faust.

Hugo Shirley | The Spectator

Ferneyhough: Complete Works for String Quartet and String Trio five-star review 'Wonderfully authoritative'

Over the past four decades, the Arditti Quartet have collaborated with almost all the great composers of our time, many of whom, from Elliott Carter to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Giacinto Scelsi to Harrison Birtwistle, have written pieces specifically for...

Andrew Clements | The Guardian

Under Milk Wood opera review 'Skilfully telescoped dialogue'

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea Written for radio, Dylan Thomas's celebrated play risks losing its charm in translation on to the stage but here it remains triumphant Adapted to other media, Dylan Thomas's play for voices thought to be the finest...

The Guardian

Mixed results from the ENO and ROH in their seasonal away games

A trip to the Globe brings out the best in Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten while a tick-boxing visit to Ambika P3 for Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face doesn’t do the ENO any favours.

Hugo Shirley | The Spectator

Graun: Easter Oratorio review 'The challenges are variably met'

Carl Heinrich Graun (1703-57) is best known for a number of operas written late in his career when he was court composer to Frederick the Great of Prussia.

The Guardian | Tim Ashley

David: Lalla Roukh review 'Supremely elegant lead performance'

Provençal composer Félicien David (1810-76) is best known as a purveyor of fashionable operatic orientalism to the second empire, and Lalla Roukh (1862) was a big hit in its day.

The Guardian | Tim Ashley

Prokofiev: Symphonies 3 and 7 review 'Terrifying yet detailed'

Kirill Karabits's Prokofiev cycle promises to be a major reappraisal if its first instalment is anything to go by.

The Guardian | Tim Ashley

Faust

Curiously, in a genre that encompasses so many frankly bizarre subjects, Gounod’s operatic setting of Goethe’s ‘Faust’ has been singled out by some as a step too far in reducing a great verse drama to a tawdry bagatelle of hit tunes.

Jonathan Lennie | Time Out

Shostakovich: Six Romances on Verses by English Poets 'Finley at his warm and sinuous best'

Gerald Finley, always an intelligent and rewarding singer, has produced something rather special here.

Stephen Pritchard | The Guardian

Prince Igor @ Coliseum, London

Founded in 1991, the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow makes its first ever visit to the United Kingdom with a production of Prince Igor.

Music OMH | Sam Smith