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October 20   -  

Gould Piano Trio Schumann weekend review unsettling, sensitive, exhilarating

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff This plunge into Schumanns complex emotional world was a sometimes shocking pleasure Continue reading...

October 20   -  

Life on the Moon review ETOs production is terrific fun

Hackney Empire, London Haydns little-known comedy is uproariously funny and exceptionally well sung, even if the staging can feel overly busy Continue reading...

October 19   -  

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

Protesters accuse The Death of Klinghoffer of antisemitism Opera dramatises Jewish mans killing by Palestinian guerrillasEmma Brockes: niche art form meets niche protestLibrettist Alice Goodman on how furore over The Death of Klinghoffer ended her ...

October 19   -  

The Bartered Bride review luxurious cast enlivens communist setting

Grand, Leeds Daniel Slaters eastern-bloc revival of Smetanas hymn to the Czech soul benefits from one of Opera Norths strongest casts to date Continue reading...

October 19   -  

BBCCO/De Ridder review John Luther Adams Dark Waves stuns

Royal Festival Hall, London The shorter of the two UK premieres on offer in this programme of Americana proved the more profound by far Continue reading...

October 19   -  

Ottone review magnificently but only intermittently alive

Hackney Empire, London English Touring Operas production of the 1723 Handel opera works its hardest to overcome the originals unevenness Continue reading...

October 19   -  

I due Foscari; The Trial review

Plácido Domingo is a mesmerising stage presence in sorrowful Verdi, while the world premiere of Philip Glasss The Trial unsettles Continue reading...

October 19   -  

Beethoven: Complete works for violoncello and piano CD review Queyras and Melnikov are an ideal match

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Alexander Melnikov (piano) (Harmonia Mundi) Continue reading...

October 19   -  

From the Observer archive, 21 October 1973: Sydney takes opera house to its heart

Despite grumbles from the chattering classes, the citys people welcomed the new venue Continue reading...

October 19   -  

Handel, Bononcini, Ariosti: A Royal Trio CD review Zazzo in glorious voice

Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor), La Nuova Musica/Bates (Harmonia Mundi) Continue reading...
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