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The Turn of the Screw review compelling, challenging and creepy

GlyndebourneJonathan Kents production of Brittens ghost story is revived to haunting effect, with standout central performances from the children Continue reading...

The Guardian | Tim Ashley

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

Glyndebourne's eerily appropriate setting ensures Britten's opera makes a fresh impact, says John Allison

John Allison | The Telegraph

The Marriage of Figaro @ Coliseum, London

The first revival of Fiona Shaw’s production of The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera features an almost entirely different cast to its initial outing, and yet the strength of the dynamic that in 2011 it seemed was generated by the...

Music OMH | Sam Smith

London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London – review

A Panufnik symphony marked the composer’s centenary; plus Strauss, and Anderszewski’s Schumann.

Financial Times | Richard Fairman

LSO/Pappano review digging deep into powerful emotions

Barbican, LondonPappano brings nobility to a celebration of Panufnik and brilliantly evokes Strausss pride, anger and beauty Continue reading...

The Guardian | Tim Ashley

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

On Monday night, hundreds of people protested outside the Met opera that Klinghoffer was antisemitic. So what was our panel's take?

Alan Yuhas | Eli Valley | Kayla Epstein | Moustafa Bayoumi | The Guardian

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

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

Financial Times | Martin Bernheimer

Spira Mirabilis: the orchestra without a conductor

In a sports centre in Formigine, a quiet Italian town near Bologna, I am listening to an orchestral rehearsal unlike any I've heard before.

Jessica Duchen | The Independent

A fabulous Figaro from Fiona Shaw for English National Opera

Full of physical comedy, joyous and enthusiastic, Fiona Shaw's vision of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro makes the most of its taut and energetic plotlines, intense charactisation and beautifully balanced music. 

Bachtrack | Charlotte Valori