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Performer: Francesca Chiejina

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West HorsleyPorgy and BessNew production

Laquita Mitchell (Bess) and Musa Ngqungwana (Porgy) © Richard Hubert Smith
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Stephen Barlow; Jean-Pierre van der Spuy; Grange Park Opera; Francis O'Connor; Musa Ngqungwana; Laquita Mitchell
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Polished Porgy: Gershwin triumphs in Surrey

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

Grange Park Opera’s new production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess makes for a searingly effective evening of music and drama.

****1
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A bad hair day for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Medusa

Natalia Osipova (Medusa) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
A mixed bill of modern work showcases the diverse talents of The Royal Ballet.
***11
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Purity and passion in first class British music

Martyn Brabbins © BBC | Mark Allan
Even if Hubert Parry was overshadowed by Holst and Vaughan Williams, this was a splendid concert of British music. 
*****
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Masterfully villainous: Netrebko and Lučić in Macbeth

Željko Lučić (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © ROH | Bill Cooper
The Royal Opera's revival of Phyllida Lloyd's production is marked by two outstanding Verdian singers and a superb rendering of the score from Pappano and the ROH Orchestra.
****1
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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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