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October 2020

10 October

Toil: Eric Lu plays Schubert at the Wigmore

September 2020

30 September

I can’t say how great it is to be back: Kaleidscope at Wigmore

March 2020

5 March

Aimard surprise: George Benjamin and the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall

5 March

Another good deal: Music by Xenakis and Reimann at the Royal Festival Hall

4 March

Barriers dropped: Gerald Barry and the BBC Singers at the Barbican

1 March

Less than the sum of its parts: Fidelio at the ROH

February 2020

28 February

Not my cup of tea: Dances at a Gathering / The Cellist at the ROH

25 February

Suspiciously enjoyable: Explore Ensemble at City

22 February

She was then but is she now?: Isadora Now at the Barbican

21 February

Bloated sentimentality: Death of England at the National Theatre

12 February

A dispiriting evening: Luisa Miller at ENO

7 February

Piqued: The Visit at the National Theatre

6 February

The delight of a doomed gamble: Alice’s Adventures Under Ground at the ROH

5 February

Good for the soul: Uncle Vanya at the Pinter Theatre

4 February

A silly piece: Music by Walton, Liszt and Holst with the RPO

January 2020

29 January

Pärt poise: BBC SO plays music by Pärt, Skyllas and Rachmaninoff

24 January

Lost in the mist: BBC SO plays music by Fagerlund, Alma Mahler and Shostakovich

23 January

Muscular dance, vapid video: Aisha and Abhaya by Rambert

20 January

Half entertained, half bored to tears: Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre

19 January

The doldrums: Berg Violin Concerto and Christ on the Mount of Olives with the LSO

17 January

One way of many: Gerhaher and Huber perform Mahler at the Wigmore

16 January

Double vision: Two concerts of Berg and Beethoven with the LSO at the Barbican

December 2019

4 December

Purposeless silliness: Coppélia at the ROH

November 2019

27 November

Good production, great play: Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly

25 November

Attack of the gondola: Death in Venice at the ROH

22 November

Queer beauty: Les Beaux dormants at the ROH

October 2019

25 October

More to be said: Lungs at the Old Vic

18 October

Magnificent: The Mask of Orpheus at ENO

16 October

Struggles with Schumann: Zauberland at the ROH

14 October

Disposable: Don Pasquale at the ROH

11 October

What delights: Agrippina at the ROH

8 October

Mozart elation: Don Giovanni at the ROH

4 October

Fascinating nonsense: The Intelligence Park at the Linbury

1 October

Orpheus surprise: Orpheus and Eurydice at ENO

September 2019

11 September

Super-slick: A Very Expensive Poison at the Old Vic

4 September

What theatre can be: The Doctor at the Almeida

August 2019

14 August

Vile: Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre

7 August

A come-down: Rusalka at Glyndebourne

1 August

Worth it: Tristan und Isolde at Bayreuth

July 2019

23 July

Surface-level: Sarah Connolly at the Wigmore

16 July

The ultimate test: Carmen at the ROH

15 July

Decadence: The Night of the Iguana at the Noël Coward Theatre

13 July

Baffled rhapsody: Vox Luminis sings Bach Motets at the Wigmore

12 July

Neither heaven nor hell: Le nozze di Figaro at the ROH

9 July

Sweet dreams: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bridge Theatre

6 July

Nearly electric: La Damnation de Faust at Glyndebourne

3 July

Sometimes you need a church: Noye’s Fludde at Theatre Royal

2 July

No emperor: Peter Gynt at the NT

June 2019

27 June

Russian colour: Three Sisters by Maly Drama Theatre

22 June

Balance of camp: The Mother at QEH

20 June

Hollowed out: Boris Godunov at ROH

May 2019

31 May

Not bothered: Michael Tilson Thomas and the LSO play Cage, Beethoven and Bartók

24 May

A graceful coup: Rosmersholm at Duke of York’s

22 May

Top circus act: Donnerstag aus Licht with Le Balcon

12 May

Herculean effort: Paul Bunyan at Ally Pally

9 May

Sound: Within the Golden Hour/Medusa/Flight Pattern at the ROH

7 May

A weak argument: Faust at the ROH

3 May

Certainly earnest: Notos Quartett at the Wigmore

2 May

A/B Test: LSO play Birtwistle and Adams at the Barbican

April 2019

24 April

Bloody marvellous (mostly): Billy Budd at the ROH

12 April

No Lulu: Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel at ENO

12 April

Such helpful sheep: She Persisted by ENB

7 April

Distant bodies: JACK Quartet plays Elliott Carter

2 April

Take me back to the bubble!: The Book of Mormon

March 2019

29 March

Triumph no.2: Berenice at the ROH

27 March

Fish out of water: Berberian Sound Studio at the Donmar Warehouse

26 March

Free art: Silver Screens/Steel Strings by Zubin Kanga

25 March

Potaetry: Famished at Café OTO

24 March

Wild horses: La forza del destino at the ROH

19 March

What a whopper: Richard III at Alexandra Palace Theatre

17 March

Get to the Gershwin: Barabara Hannigan and the LSO at the Barbican

16 March

Boring sandwich, great bread: Tartuffe at the National Theatre

12 March

Mild Miller: The Price at Wyndham’s Theatre

6 March

Quite a programme: George Benjamin and Ensemble Modern at the Roundhouse

5 March

Up to 11: George Benjamin and Ensemble Modern at the Wigmore Hall

February 2019

27 February

Love it love it love it: The Monstrous Child at ROH

23 February

No more: Akhnaten at ENO

22 February

A worthy endeavour: Richard II at Sam Wanamaker Theatre

14 February

Fear the bull of silliness: Edward II at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

12 February

Brittle brilliance: Leon McCawley plays Beethoven at the Wigmore

10 February

Madness: La Damnation de Faust with the Hallé

6 February

Man cannot live on baths alone: Katya Kabanova at the ROH

2 February

Frank entertainment: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other at the NT

1 February

Could it have been different?: The Queen of Spades at the ROH

January 2019

19 January

Sound congealed: Rebecca Saunders at the QEH

18 January

A fistful of feathers: Asphodel Meadows / The Two Pigeons at the ROH

10 January

A life of its own: The Queen of Spades at the ROH

9 January

A little less conversation: Abrahamsen and Sibelius with LSO

7 January

It’s ‘Recital at Lunch’ to you: Susana Gaspar and Marek Ruszczynski at the ROH

5 January

Why bother?: Richard II at the Almeida

December 2018

27 December

Eye-catching, over-reaching: The Tell-Tale Heart at the NT

18 December

Spoonfuls of sugar: Les Patineurs / Winter Dreams / The Concert at the ROH

14 December

She’ll be fine: Summer and Smoke at the Duke of York’s

13 December

Return to form: Macbeth at the Sam Wanamaker

9 December

Awaiting liftoff: Adès plays Janáček at the Wigmore Hall

8 December

Over-hyped, in expectation and action: Antony and Cleopatra at the NT

7 December

Buoyed up, weighed down: The Nutcracker at the ROH

November 2018

27 November

Under-stonked: Simon Boccanegra at the ROH

26 November

The naked ear: Arditti Quartet and Paul Cannon at the WIgmore Hall

19 November

Cannot be unseen: The Unknown Soldier at the ROH

10 November

Three flavours of disappointment: Ligeti Quartet at King’s Place

8 November

Washed away on waves of wonderfulness: Vox Luminis at the Wigmore

5 November

A rare breed: Measure for Measure at the Donmar

3 November

Highly respectable: The Rake’s Progress with the LPO

2 November

Cold: The Inheritance Part 2

1 November

Let’s talk about men: The Inheritance Part 1 at the Noël Coward Theatre

October 2018

24 October

A difference of opinion: Medusa at Sadler’s Wells

24 October

Mussed not annihilated: Macbeth by the RSC

19 October

Flies in the ointment: Die Walküre at the ROH

17 October

Crazy crazy play: Mercury Fur at the Guildhall

14 October

Storm the ivory tower: Dusapin’s Passion at the QEH

13 October

Eminence squared: Schwanengesang with Holl and Schiff at the Wigmore Hall

13 October

Whimsified outrage: War with the Newts by Knaïve Theatre

10 October

Timeless terror: The Lesson at the Hope Theatre

10 October

Silly not silly: Götterdämmerng at the ROH

7 October

Superhuman: Siegfried at the ROH

6 October

The urgent orator: Pieter Wispelwey Bach Suites at the Wigmore Hall

2 October

Round One to the singers: Das Rheingold at the ROH

September 2018

20 September

A smothering of silliness: Il barbiere di Siviglia at La Fenice

August 2018

27 August

Bell be my belle: Vanessa at Glyndebourne

23 August

You lose some you win some: Prom 54 at the RAH

15 August

Great production, but can I see it written down please?: Exit the King at the National Theatre

14 August

Tiny tarnishing: Greek at Grimeborn

7 August

Dreamland empire: Pelléas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne

July 2018

31 July

Musical integrity intact: The Rape of Lucretia at Grimeborn

20 July

Sunny unseriousness: Falstaff at the ROH

18 July

Remain calm: Don Giovanni at the ROH

15 July

Right story, wrong concept: The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre

13 July

Connection restored: Carducci Quartet at the Wigmore Hall

6 July

Bad robots: Tana Quartet at the Wigmore Hall

July 2018

1 July

Hype victim: Gruppen at Tate Modern

29 June

Never mind the Nazis: Lohengrin at the ROH

14 June

It is a competition: Romeo and Juliet by the BRB

6 June

Cellophilia: Piatti Quartet at the Razumovsky Music Studio

4 June

Rolls Royce plus gremlins: Siegfried at the Bridgwater Hall

May 2018

26 May

You let me down, Brandstrup: Life is a Dream at Sadler’s Wells

23 May

Bonkering Beethoven: Barry and Beethoven with the Britten Sinfonia

18 May

Nailed it: Swan Lake at the ROH

17 May

I’ll give you beacons: Beacons by London Sinfonietta at QEH

13 May

Eloquent rage: Ligeti’s Etudes at QEH

12 May

Death and delight: Ligeti’s Horn Trio at the QEH

9 May

Sensuous savagery: Lessons in Love and Violence at the ROH

3 May

Reign of Kane: 4.48 Psychosis at Lyric Hammersmith

April 2018

29 April

Signifying nothing: 2001 live at the Royal Festival Hall

27 April

Hip hip Hirano: Manon at the ROH

25 April

Unambigous comedy: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the ROH

24 April

This party sucks: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

22 April

Hayward time: Kenneth MacMillan at the Barbican

20 April

Sublime contact: Currie and Hodges at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

13 April

Not as easy as it looks: The Gender Agenda at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

12 April

Hail, Anderson, hail!: JACK Quartet at the Wigmore Hall

11 April

Telemagnetism: Tabea Debus at Dr Johnson’s House

7 April

Theorbos at the ready: Dido and Aeneas at the Wigmore Hall

7 April

The Bernstein Massif: MASS at the Southbank Centre

4 April

Gaiman up: Coraline at the Barbican

March 2018

29 March

Slap the gift horse: La traviata at ENO

28 March

Not bad considering: Bernstein at the ROH

27 March

A spiritual experience: St Matthew Passion with Mark Padmore and the OAE

25 March

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No!: Macbeth at the ROH

23 March

What’s everyone complaining about?: Macbeth at the NT

21 March

Melancolia: Vilde Frang, Sakari Oramo and the BBCSO

19 March

End with a wind up: Ensemble intercontemporain at Wigmore Hall

17 March

Enough with the spotted snakes: New London Children’s Choir

15 March

Pretty much perfect: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at ENO

14 March

Bet-hedging perils: From the House of the Dead at the ROH

14 March

Serious fun: Mary Stuart from the Almeida

13 March

Close but no cigar: Maurizio Pollini at the RFH

10 March

Alright, cleverclogs: The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre

9 March

Same people, new purpose: The Birthday Party at the Harold Pinter Theatre

2 March

All hail Reich: East Meets West by LSO Percussion Ensemble

February 2018

27 February

More than a rhapsody: Jeremy Denk and Britten Sinfonia

26 February

Short shrift to Cavalli: Les Talens Lyriques at the Wigmore Hall

25 February

Impressive if slightly annoying: Boat People at Pentameters Theatre

23 February

Brutus alone: Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre

20 February

Matters of life and death: Dead Man Walking at the Barbican

16 February

Why does it begin?: Satyagraha at ENO

15 February

Who doesn't like Pergolesi's Stabat Mater?: AAM at Milton Court

14 February

The delight tipping point: Artemis Quartet at the Wigmore Hall

3 February

Seeing it for what it is: Carmen at the ROH

2 February

Awwww: Ani Batikian and Roland Roberts at the NPG

1 February

Bring me the head of the skullcap man: Liminal Rites by Echoshed

January 2018

25 January

Debussyed out: Debussy with François-Xavier Roth and the LSO

23 January

The prickly princess: Salome at the ROH

19 January

Silly after all: Giselle at the ROH

14 January

Rattle Redemption: Berg and Bartók at the Barbican

12 January

The absolute pits: All’s Well That Ends Well at the Sam Wanamaker

12 January

Welly lacking: Tosca at the ROH

9 January

Yoohoolysses, darling!: The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse

6 January

Discovery of perfection: Rigoletto at the ROH

December 2017

16 December

Evading greatness: Christmas Oratorio at the Southbank Centre

13 December

Gerhaher Glow: Das Lied von der Erde at the Barbican

12 December

Daisy I can do without: Daisy Pulls It Off at Park Theatre

9 December

Entirely satisfactory: Nash Ensemble and James Newby at the Wigmore Hall

5 December

Box of Delights: Ruins in Reverse at the LCMF

2 December

Move over Marlon: Guys and Dolls at the Royal Exchange

November 2017

23 November

Well-meant, ill-advised: Saint George and the Dragon at the National Theatre

22 November

Auspicious beginnings: The Rake’s Progress at Wilton’s Music Hall

21 November

What are all the men for?: Sylvia at the ROH

20 November

I’ll take the boom-smash: Stimmung and Cosmic Pulses at the Barbican

16 November

Almost suitably bonkers: Semiramide at the ROH

4 November

Passion and Precision: Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan at the Wigmore

3 November

More champagne and madeleines!: Young Marx at the Bridge Theatre

3 November

Wind Wound: Tharp and Pita at the Royal Ballet

October 2017

31 October

All about Bartók: Elias Quartet at the Wigmore

29 October

A Mediterranean Mystery: Jordi Savall at the Wigmore Hall

27 October

Man-Handeled: Rodelinda at ENO

25 October

Who invited Judas?: The Judas Tree and Song of the Earth at the ROH

19 October

It’s not a competition: Concerto / Le Baiser de la fée / Elite Syncopations at the ROH

18 October

A question of tastelessness: Les Vêpres siciliennes at the ROH

14 October

Life and death in English music: Earth Dances and Skempton

13 October

Context is everything: The Dreamers Ever Leave You at Printworks

11 October

Danger deficit: Haitink, Ax and the LSO perform Brahms and Beethoven

10 October

Smugging smugathon: King's Singers at Westminster School

7 October

Great art, great silliness: Aida at ENO

4 October

Long and apparently random: Autobiography at Sadler's Wells

September 2017

29 September

Oh god let me out: Jane Eyre at the National Theatre

24 September

Knots aplenty: Khovanshchina at WNO

23 September

Alas, poor cello: Vienna Mozart Trio at the Wigmore

21 September

A Birtwistle-stop tour: Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore

20 September

The Bartók Balance: Senza Sangue and Bluebeard's Castle at Hackney Empire

17 September

This Is Knussen! (but mainly Birtwistle): Knussen and BCMG at Milton Court

16 September

Nobody puts Schubert in the corner: Woyzeck in Winter at the Barbican

14 September

Illusion stripped: La bohème at the ROH

13 September

Different pleasures: Die Zauberflöte at the ROH

8 September

Exceptional music performed exceptionally: András Schiff and Book 1 at the BBC Proms

7 September

Attack of the bathtub: Vienna Philharmonic and Mahler 6 at the BBC Proms

August 2017

12 August

Nonsense and drama in (almost) perfect balance: La Bayadère with the Mariinsky

5 August

Anna stripped back to her ballet essentials: Anna Karenina by the Mariinsky

July 2017

30 July

Rapture attack: La clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne

20 July

An opera of two halves: The Merchant of Venice with WNO at the ROH

7 July

Analogue delights: The Tempest with the RSC at the Barbican

4 July

Not clever but it is big: Turandot at the ROH

3 July

Kaufmann yes; everything else, not sure: Otello at the ROH

June 2017

27 June

Crowe one, dove nil: Mitridate at the ROH

21 June

Business as usual: Ensemble intercontemporain at the Wigmore Hall

18 June

21st-century opera parody: Hamlet at Glyndebourne

15 June

Instruments as bodily growths: Arditti and Eliot Fisk at the Wigmore

14 June

Yep, really as good as everyone says: Igor Levit plays Beethoven at the Wigmore

13 June

Distracted by 18 Musicians: Keersmaeker's Rain at Sadler's Wells

10 June

A pretty cool programme: Scottish Ballet with Pite and Preljoçaj at Sadler's Wells

7 June

Charm bottled: L'elisir d'amore at the ROH

5 June

A decadent act: Gurre-Lieder at the Bridgewater Hall

3 June

Requiem for a wig: Ashton mixed programme at the ROH

3 June

A profound meditation on identity – if a slightly indulgent one: Akram Khan's DESH at Sadler's Wells

2 June

Go Go Gimeno: Ligeti, Salonen, Bartók and Mahler with the Philharmonia at the Southbank

June 2017

1 June

The Maltman Menagerie: Christopher Maltman and Malcolm Martineau at the Wigmore

31 May

Deliciously loud: Beethoven and Barry with Adès and the Britten Sinfonia at Milton Court

28 May

Is it wrong to review someone's birthday: Psophos Quartet at Staplefield

27 May

It's aliiiiive! Actually, maybe it isn't: Don Carlo at the ROH

25 May

Bennnnnd… and swish!: Forsythe, Balanchine, Wheeldon and Scarlett at the ROH

14 May

Charm offensive: Simon Bode and Igor Levit at the Wigmore Hall

12 May

No two performances the same: Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling at the ROH

11 May

Not good enough: Kyung Wha Chung plays Bach at the Barbican

10 May

The operatic animal: Lise Davidsen at the Wigmore Hall

8 May

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday evening: Bartók and Mahler at the Southbank Centre

7 May

Too long and too loud: Varèse at the Barbican

5 May

Good programming bad programming: Boulez and Debussy at the Southbank Centre

April 2017

25 April

A good time to be an opera lover: The Exterminating Angel at the ROH

21 April

Words cannot express: Thomas Dunford at the Wigmore Hall

20 April

The romance is over: Obsession at the Barbican Theatre

19 April

Daniel Hope and the Basel Chamber Orchestra at the Wigmore Hall

8 April

Pull the other one: Travesties at the Apollo Theatre

7 April

Someone turn down the brass: Berg and Mahler with the LSO at the Barbican

1 April

A shining example: Jewels at the ROH

April 2017

1 April

An irresistible programme: New York Philharmonic play Bartók and Mahler at the Barbican

29 March

Not for purists/grumps: Twelfth Night at the National Theatre

27 March

BLWRAAAAAHHHGH-uck-urggh: The White Devil at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

17 March

Characterization, characterization, characterization: Hamlet at the Almeida

16 March

I demand to be devastated: The Human Seasons/After the Rain/Flight Pattern at the ROH

11 March

Wagner was not a feminist (and that's ok): Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the ROH

11 March

The long and short of it: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Old Vic

10 March

Scarytales and deep dark demons: Stepmother/Stepfather at The Place

7 March

Almost as awkward as real life – in a good way: The Cherry Orchard at the Arcola

5 March

The Wayniest thing ever: Tree of Codes at Sadler's Wells

3 March

Cheer up, Ryan! The Winter's Tale at ENO