The Fairy Queen, St John’s, Smith Square

The Fairy Queen, St John’s, Smith Square

Echoes of dreamland | by Robert Thicknesse | Anna Dennis and Carolyn Sampson are our go-to sopranos for Purcell; you’d have to look hard to find better anywhere, so getting them in harness at St John’s with the Gabrieli Consort in The Fairy Queen was a toothsome...
The Rake’s Progress, Royal Festival Hall

The Rake’s Progress, Royal Festival Hall

Shadow play Almost exactly a year ago OperaGlass Works brought Stravinsky’s 1951, Hogarth-inspired opera to Wilton’s Music Hall – a setting so pungent with resonance that all the company had to do was keep out of the way as the ultimate London opera came alive...
SALOME, ENO

SALOME, ENO

The cast in ENO’s new production of Strauss’s biblical opera are on good form. Stuart Jackson’s Narraboth rings out in the opening scene. The eponymous Alison Cook’s voice is not used to ring out but to extremely dramatic effect as the girl caught up in a world in...
Das Rheingold, Royal Opera

Das Rheingold, Royal Opera

Freia tonight Broken promises and uneasy alliances, cunning plans and cynical solutions, a played-out regime clinging to power while rivals snap hungrily at their heels: no wonder the Ring Cycle is the only time you ever see British politicians at the opera....