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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Stephen Barlow

Laquita Mitchell (Bess) and Musa Ngqungwana (Porgy) © Richard Hubert Smith
West Horsley

Polished Porgy: Gershwin triumphs in Surrey

By , 08 June 2019
****1
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James Cleverton (Gusmano) and Jung Soo Yun (Zamoro) © Richard Hubert Smith
Buxton

Revolutionary jungle fever: Verdi's Alzira staged at the Buxton Festival

By , 07 July 2018
****1
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Olena Tokar (Juliette) and David Junghoon Kim (Roméo) © Robert Workman
West Horsley

Romantic love blooms in the lost garden of West Horsley

By , 26 June 2018
***11
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Lise Davidsen (Medea), Rioch Kinsella and Anthony Kenna © Clive Barda
Wexford

Lise Davidsen utterly captivating as Medea at Wexford Festival

By , 19 October 2017
****1
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Jung Soo Yun (Macduff) and the company © Robert Workman
Buxton

Clamorous harbingers of blood and death: Verdi's Macbeth at Buxton International Festival

By , 07 July 2017
*****
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Jane Dutton (Brünnhilde) and Thomas Hall (Wotan) © Robert Workman
West Horsley

Museum piece? Stephen Medcalf offers an intriguing Walküre at Grange Park Opera

By , 29 June 2017
****1
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Beethoven's Leonore at Buxton Festival © Robert Workman
Buxton

“Beethoven's what?” Leonore at Buxton Festival

By , 08 July 2016
***11
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Claire Rutter (Minnie) and Stephen Gadd (Jack Rance) © Robert Workman
Alresford

Emotionally powerful La fanciulla del West at Grange Park Opera

By , 04 June 2016
****1
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Norman Garrett (Koanga) © Clive Barda
Wexford

Slavery and Voodoo: Delius’ Koanga opens the 64th Wexford Festival

By , 21 October 2015
***11
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Madeleine Pierard
Buxton

Terrific Louise from Madeleine Pierard in Gustave Charpentier's opera at the Buxton Festival

By , 16 July 2015
***11
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Elin Pritchard (Lucia) © Jonathan Keenan
Buxton

Gradually going flat: Lucia di Lammermoor at Buxton Opera Festival

By , 12 July 2015
**111
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Alresford

April’s first kiss: Susana Gaspar’s Mimì shines in a frustrating Bohème

By , 14 June 2015
**111
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Buxton

Dvořák’s Jacobin returns from musical exile to delight Buxton

By , 12 July 2014
****1
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Alresford

Grimes ahoy! Suffolk's coast transplanted to the rolling Hampshire Downs

By , 30 May 2014
****1
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London

From the sublime to the fashion-fabulous: Debussy and Donizetti at the Guildhall School

By , 04 November 2013
*****
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Alresford

Sixteen nuns executed near Winchester: Dialogues des Carmélites at Grange Park

By , 22 June 2013
***11
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London

A game of two halves: Cav and Pag at Opera Holland Park

By , 07 June 2013
***11
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Chicago

Verdi's Rigoletto at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 25 February 2013
***11
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London

Martinů has the last laugh at the Guildhall

By , 01 November 2012
***11
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Buxton

Strauss' Intermezzo at Buxton Festival

By , 07 July 2012
***11
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London

Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Academy Opera

By , 12 March 2012
****1
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London

Beguiling Britten: GSMD's A Midsummer Night's Dream

By , 28 February 2012
****1
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Alresford

“Such dangerous fascinations” Tristan & Isolde at Grange Park Opera

By , 30 June 2011
****1
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Alresford

Grange Park serves up classic tragedy in Rusalka

By , 18 June 2011
*****
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London

Bonynge and Lee serve up tons of fun in Opera Holland Park's Don Pasquale

By , 09 June 2011
****1
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London

Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites at the Guildhall Schol of Music

By , 07 March 2011
****1
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Alresford

Bellini's Norma at Grange Park Opera Festival

By , 03 July 2009
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