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Roderick Williams and Andrew Staples in rehearsal © Tristram Kenton
London

Star-studded, searing Bach at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 02 April 2019
****1
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Sophie Bevan © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Britten Sinfonia's electric Messiah: Look, no hands!

By , 19 December 2018
****1
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Roderick Williams and David Butt Philip © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Inspiration eludes Kramer in Britten's War Requiem at English National Opera

By , 16 November 2018
***11
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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
London

Darkness and pain in Mark Padmore's St Matthew Passion

By , 26 March 2018
*****
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The Return of Ulysses © ROH & Roundhouse | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Monteverdi on a doughnut: A drab Return of Ulysses fails to thrill the Roundhouse

By , 10 January 2018
**111
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Augustin Hadelich © Rosalie O'Connor
Edinburgh

Oundjian's Brahms disappoints, but Hadelich's Dvořák takes off in Edinburgh

By , 01 December 2017
***11
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Brenden Gunnell and Roderick Williams © Belinda Lawley
London

To the field of blood: Sally Beamish's The Judas Passion

By , 25 September 2017
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Roderick Williams (Papageno) and Siobhan Stagg (Pamina) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

Roderick Williams’ charming birdcatcher leads a spirited revival of The Magic Flute at Covent Garden

By , 14 September 2017
****1
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Roderick Williams (Billy Budd) © Sam Murray-Sutton
Snape

Opera North sails in to the Aldeburgh Festival with a buoyant revival of Billy Budd

By , 24 June 2017
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Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) © Thor Brødreskift
Bergen

Psychologically splintered: Stuart Skelton leads a stellar Peter Grimes in Bergen

By , 30 May 2017
*****
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Roderick Williams © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

John Wilson and the CBSO present British classics with a difference

By , 01 March 2017
***11
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Roderick Williams (Christ) © BBC | Alex Woodward
Glasgow

Food for thought in Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s The Last Supper

By , 14 January 2017
****1
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Roderick Williams (Billy Budd) and the Chorus of Opera North © Clive Barda
Leeds

Opera North's intensely dramatic Billy Budd in Leeds

By , 18 October 2016
****1
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Choir of King's College, Cambridge © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 3: The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge revitalises Fauré’s Requiem

By , 17 July 2016
***11
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Roderick Williams (Onegin) and Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) © Mark Douet
High Wycombe

Natalya Romaniw's Tatyana the star of a stylish Eugene Onegin at Garsington

By , 03 June 2016
****1
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Roderick Williams © Benjamin Ealovega
Leeds

Leeds Lieder's Songs of the Sea leaves audience buoyant

By , 01 April 2016
****1
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Miah Persson © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

Amsterdam world première of Blank Out a heightened sensory trip

By , 20 March 2016
***11
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Sir Mark Elder © Simon Dodd
Manchester

Fate knocks, but uplifting performances by the Hallé

By , 11 February 2016
****1
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Roderick Williams © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Roderick Williams embarks on his “Schubert Project” at The Globe

By , 01 February 2016
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London

Sailing close to the wind: John Wilson and the Philharmonia in Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony

By , 24 January 2016
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Qiu Lin Zhang (Suzuki) and Annemarie Kremer (Cio-Cio-San) © Marco Borggreve | Nederlandse Reisopera
Rotterdam

Bold music-making in Nederlandse Reisopera’s austere Madama Butterfly

By , 19 September 2015
***11
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Magdalena Kožená © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 75: Beauty trumps drama in Rattle and the Vienna Phil's Gerontius

By , 11 September 2015
***11
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Sophie Bevan © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Prom 48: Periodically sublime late night Bach

By , 21 August 2015
***11
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Mussorgsky © Ilya Repin
Port Isaac

Boris Godunov with a star British cast wows St Endellion

By , 07 August 2015
*****
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

Blistering Nielsen from the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds

By , 09 June 2015
*****
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Martyn Brabbins © Sasha Gusov
Cardiff

Star-gazing performances of Bowden and Holst as BBC NOW and Chorus perform a Mark Bowden première

By , 18 April 2015
****1
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St Andrews

Madness or Genuis? Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside explore the Dark Side

By , 24 October 2014
****1
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London

The Schubert Project: Franz Schubert in 1824

By , 04 October 2014
***11
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London

Prom 76: A fitting close for the 2014 Proms season

By , 13 September 2014
****1
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London

“Lest we forget”: Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony ends a poignant night at the Proms

By , 17 August 2014
****1
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Oxford

Roderick Williams stands out in a programme of Goethe settings in the Oxford Lieder Festival

By , 14 October 2013
***11
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London

Prom 1: Eclectic brilliance with Stephen Hough, Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony

By , 12 July 2013
****1
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Birmingham

CBSO's all-American programme a triumph at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

By , 15 May 2013
*****
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Utrecht

The King's Consort delights Dutch audience with works from Henry Purcell's English court

By , 25 April 2013
****1
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London

Première of Michel van der Aa's Sunken Garden at the Barbican

By , 12 April 2013
****1
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London

Sarah Connolly tops a stellar cast in ENO's production of Charpentier's Medea

By , 15 February 2013
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London

Stravinsky's Renard at The Rest is Noise with Barbara Hannigan and the London Sinfonietta

By , 10 February 2013
*****
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Manchester

BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena: Bach and Bruckner 9

By , 16 November 2012
****1
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Edinburgh

RSNO with Søndergård in Andersson, Mahler and Sibelius

By , 26 October 2012
****1
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London

A medieval fairytale at Kings Place: Roderick Williams sings Brahms

By , 19 September 2012
***11
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London

Songs of Travel at the Wigmore Hall with Roderick Williams and Gary Matthewman

By , 12 September 2012
****1
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London

Prom 35: The BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds present a feast of Nordic music

By , 09 August 2012
***11
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Choral Society: Fauré, Gounod and Duruflé

By , 30 March 2012
****1
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London

Sir Mark Elder shows us the true meaning of L'enfance du Christ, Berlioz's own Christmas story

By , 08 December 2011
****1
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London

Barrie Kosky breathes life into Rameau's Castor et Pollux at the ENO

By , 28 October 2011
****1
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London

Andrew Davis conducts a powerful telling of Britten's Peter Grimes

By , 21 June 2011
****1
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Leeds

Roderick Williams brings 'Life Affirming Music' to the Howard Assembly Rooms

By , 04 March 2011
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Perth

The Hallé, Sir Mark Elder and Roderick Williams

By , 13 February 2011
*****
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Mark Padmore (Evangelist) und Roderick Williams (Jesus) © Daniel Dittus
Hamburg

Wie man Leiden in Bewegung setzt: Bachs Johannes-Passion in der Elbphilharmonie

By , 06 April 2019
****1
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio Ianniello | EMI Classics
Rome

Sir Antonio Pappano dirige une grandiose Passion selon saint Jean à l’Auditorium Parco della Musica

By , 13 April 2017
****1
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