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Performer: Andrew Tortise

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RotterdamSt Matthew Passion

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; John Butt; Carolyn Sampson; Catriona Morison; Samuel Boden; Andrew Tortise

LondonDunedin Consort: Christmas Oratorio

Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
John Butt; Anna Dennis; James Hall; Andrew Tortise; Robert Davies
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The Ultimate Romantic: BBCSSO uncovers Lélio, a Berlioz rarity

Neal Davies © Gerard Collett

BBCSSO’s contributes to Berlioz – The Ultimate Romantic with a swaggering Waverley Overture, Dramatic Death of Cleopatra and an intriguing performance of Lélio, or what happened after Symphonie Fantastique.

****1
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Two great debuts, not enough drama: Katya Kabanova at ROH

Amanda Majeski (Katya) © ROH | Clive Barda
Amanda Majeski is magnificent in the title role; Ed Gardner shows total master of Janáček's music. But that's not enough to rescue a poorly thought out Richard Jones production.
***11
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Monteverdi on a doughnut: Ulysses fails to thrill

The Return of Ulysses © ROH & Roundhouse | Stephen Cummiskey
A series of ill-advised staging choices leads to a disappointingly drab performance of Monteverdi's Homeric epic.
**111
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Devastating Lucia revival at Covent Garden

Rachael Lloyd (Alisa) and Lisette Oropesa (Lucia) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
Issues that cropped up in the first run of Mitchell's production have been ironed out. In the hands of a strong cast, a chilling interpretation of Donizetti's masterpiece.
****1
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Questioning the quintessence of Britain

A Child of our Time at the Three Choirs Festival © Michael Whitefoot
Peter Nardone directs the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra in a problematic yet thought-provoking opening concert at Worcester Cathedral.
***11
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