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Joyce DiDonato
By Editorial Staff · 29 Jan 2010 · London
Recital at Wigmore Hall Joyce DiDonato’s star is so much in the ascendant now that she easily packed the Wigmore Hall twice in one week with a programme of largely unfamiliar music. Based on t
The Rake's Progress
By Mark Valencia · 23 Jan 2010 · London, West End
Three wishes come true in the first revival at Covent Garden of this much-travelled production. One: director Robert Lepage's brilliantly imagined visual feast returns intact, its impact made ...
Blessed Spirit
By Simon Thomas · 21 Jan 2010 · London
The Classical Opera Company at Wigmore Hall Although it was billed as a Royal Opera production, the success of last autumn’s Artaxerxes in the Linbury Studio was down to Ian Page and hi
Netrebko/Hvorostovsky
By Editorial Staff · 20 Jan 2010 · London
Recital at the Royal Festival Hall This was a highly enjoyable evening featuring two of the most glamorous stars of opera today (and don’t they know it!!) The repertoire was varied if not huge
Phaedra
By Simon Thomas · 18 Jan 2010 · West End, London
Ensemble Modern at Barbican Hall Two years ago Harrison Birtwistle completed his latest full-length opera, The Minotaur, around the same time that his German contemporary Hans Werner Henze wa
Elektra
By Simon Thomas · 15 Jan 2010 · West End, London
London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall The Gergiev histrionics might seem entirely appropriate for Richard Strauss’ expressionistic outpouring of hate and revenge and this, the second of t
La bohème (OperaUpClose)
By Simon Thomas · 1 Jan 2010 · West End, Off-West End, London
NOTE: The following review dates from January 2010 and this production's original run at the Cock Tavern in Kilburn. Aspects of the script have been updated to set the story in Soho for the run at ...
La bohème (ROH)
By Mark Valencia · 20 Dec 2009 · London, West End
Mimi wasn't the only one feeling the cold. The prevailing arctic snap meant plenty of frozen hands among the audience too, while onstage it was the bronchial Rodolfo, rather than his beloved, ...
The Enchanted Pig
By Simon Thomas · 13 Dec 2009 · West End, London
If it falls just short of being magical, The Enchanted Pig, playing in the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio throughout the Christmas period, is great entertainment for all ages and an i
Creation to Twilight
By Simon Thomas · 11 Dec 2009 · West End, London
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall With so many Messiahs stalking the concert halls and opera houses of London at the moment (more than is usua