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Performer: Nicky Spence

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EdinburghNicky Spence & Malcolm Martineau

Shakespearean Songs:
Nicky Spence; Malcolm Martineau
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Sparkling Britten and joyous Beethoven from Spence and Søndergård

Thomas Søndergård steers the RSNO into the finale of their first digital season with Nicky Spence luminous in Britten’s Les Illuminations and the players joyous in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

****1
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Even crazier than the books: Gerald Barry's Alice

Barry goes for out-weirding Carroll at a fast and furious pace. There's plenty of fun and it's beautifully staged – but is that enough?
**111
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Martinů's The Greek Passion: an opera for our times

At a time when the “relevance” is bandied around all too frequently in relation to opera, Martinů's really does deserve that tag. 
****1
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Listen with Mother: Tsar Saltan as autism parable at La Monnaie

Dmitri Tcherniakov's staging turns Rimsky-Korsakov's opera into storytelling for an autistic boy, but does he deliver a fairy tale ending? 
*****
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Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel

Daniel Kramer’s direction is a model of restraint compared to some of his earlier work for the company.
***11
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Nicky Spence and Roger Vignoles: a rapturous seasonal concert

The tone was set for a shrewdly programmed hour of contrasts.
*****
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