Ariadne auf Naxos, Longborough Opera

Ariadne auf Naxos, Longborough Opera

“Is there no ‘beyond?’/ Are we already there?” Ariadne asks towards the end of Ariadne auf Naxos. At the opening night, conductor Anthony Negus and the Longborough Orchestra were conveying exactly that sense of having suddenly stumbled across new and unexpected joys....
Roméo et Juliette, Grange Park Opera

Roméo et Juliette, Grange Park Opera

Juliette bravo “Dramatic art is the art of a portraitist,” Gounod wrote in his Mémoires d’un artiste. “It must translate characters as a painter depicts a face or an attitude.” It is a curious proposition, indeed it might be thought to raise more questions...
Argerich, Jansen and Maisky at the Barbican

Argerich, Jansen and Maisky at the Barbican

“Will she appear?” I was asked by a friend just a few hours before last night’s concert. Martha Argerich has become so indelibly associated with the adjective “elusive”, it increases the urgency to catch her when she does. And appear she duly did in front...
Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town

The London Symphony Orchestra’s final Barbican show of the year – show is more fitting than mere concert – was 90 minutes of unalloyed pleasure and delight; a suitably celebratory curtain call for new music director Simon Rattle. Rattle introduced the work,...