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Bach: Partitas, Igor Levit, review: 'magisterial'

Igor Levit's lucid creative perspective and purposeful sense of...

Haydn: String Quartets Op 20, Doric String Quartet, review: 'miraculous'

The spirit and stylistic understanding that the Doric brings to...

Jonathan Miller's La bohème returns to ENO

ENO's revival of Jonathan Miller's 2009 production is musically...

La Bohème, English National Opera

ENO may not always have matched the Royal Opera in the Great...

La Boheme , Coliseum, London

One of the first so-called verismo operas, there is not usually a...

ENO’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Coliseum

SECOND time round, theatre director Fiona Shaw’s staging of Mozart...

Placido Domingo 'still the finest singer-actor on stage' in I Due Foscari

THE great tenor's voice is still beautifully rich in Verdi's least...

La scala di seta, Linbury Theatre - review: A brilliant cast

Rossini was just twenty when he wrote this glittering farce: it...

Anatomy of Melancholy, TestBed1

"Want to come and see an opera based on a 17th century medical...

I Due Foscari, Royal Opera House (Cinema Screening): Review

This passionate and tragic production of Verdi’s little known...

The darkness drops again: a tense, eerie Turn of the Screw for the Glyndebourne Tour

Slick, surreal and creepy, with a strong cast of exciting young...

The Turn of the Screw review compelling, challenging and creepy

GlyndebourneJonathan Kents production of Brittens ghost story is...

The Turn of the Screw, Glyndebourne Tour, review: 'cinematic'

Glyndebourne's eerily appropriate setting ensures Britten's opera...

The Marriage of Figaro @ Coliseum, London

The first revival of Fiona Shaw’s production of The Marriage of...

London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London – review

A Panufnik symphony marked the composer’s centenary; plus Strauss...

LSO/Pappano review digging deep into powerful emotions

Barbican, LondonPappano brings nobility to a celebration of...

We took four New Yorkers to The Death of Klinghoffer: what was their verdict?

On Monday night, hundreds of people protested outside the Met...

The Death of Klinghoffer, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

Adams’ opera is problematic – but not for the reasons that sparked...

Spira Mirabilis: the orchestra without a conductor

In a sports centre in Formigine, a quiet Italian town near Bologna...

A fabulous Figaro from Fiona Shaw for English National Opera

Full of physical comedy, joyous and enthusiastic, Fiona Shaw's...

Rudy Giuliani expected to join protest against Met's Klinghoffer opera

New York’s Metropolitan Opera is bracing for its most tumultuous...

The Marriage of Figaro, English National Opera

To take Figaro – the ultimate operatic assault on class...

The Marriage of Figaro review Fiona Shaws revival struggles to hit the right note

Coliseum, LondonConductor Jaime Martín turns in a lively account...

The Girl of the Golden West @ Coliseum, London

Rodney Milnes claims that there is a certain ‘chicken-and-egg’...

Wagner: Tannhäuser CD review fabled 1961 radio broadcast showcases glorious singing

Taken from a 1961 radio broadcast, this famous performance, long...

Schumann: Scenes from Goethes Faust review deeply impressive

Even Schumann’s greatest admirers – and I’d count myself among...

The Trial, Music Theatre Wales, Linbury Studio Theatre

According to the programme essay, Philip Glass describes his...

The Trial, Music Theatre Wales, Linbury Studio Theatre, review: 'cannily pitched'

Rupert Christiansen wishes Philip Glass could build dramatic...