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Performer: Sir Simon Keenlyside

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LondonBruckner’s Ninth

Vaughan Williams, Bruckner
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Robin Ticciati; Sir Simon Keenlyside

MunichOtello

Verdi: Otello
Antonino Fogliani; Amélie Niermeyer; Bavarian State Opera; Christian Schmidt; Annelies Vanlaere; Olaf Winter; Bayerisches Staatsorchester

West HorsleyOtelloNew production

Verdi: Otello
Gianluca Marcianò; David Alden; Grange Park Opera; Charles Edwards; Gabrielle Dalton; Andrew Cutbush; Grange Park Opera Chorus
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A brilliant barrack room ballad: Otello at Grange Park Opera

Gwyn Hughes Jones, Elizabeth Llewellyn and Sir Simon Keenlyside star in David Alden's setting of Otello in a militarised Cyprus.
****1
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Anna Pirozzi's bravura Lady Macbeth lights up Covent Garden

The Italian soprano produces enormous power and great sensitivity in equal measure to illuminate a memorable Verdi Macbeth.
****1
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“Libiam!” Raising a glass to 25 years of Covent Garden's Traviata

Violetta Valéry was Armenian soprano Hrachuhí Bassénz, who made a strong impression on the audience, certainly by the end.
****1
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Gardiner runs Mozart ragged in The Royal Opera's Figaro

An exquisitely matched pair of sopranos as Susanna and the Countess make up for some quirky casting elsewhere. 
***11
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Ever-youthful Emanuel Ax celebrates his 70th birthday

Birthday concerts are strange things. If a hall is going to celebrate your birthday, you'd want to be in the audience and have some of your favourite musicians entertain you.
*****
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Sir Simon Keenlyside masterful in songs by Sibelius in Cleveland

Sibelius’s rarely performed orchestral songs received memorable performances by Keenlyside and The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Welser-Möst. Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Strauss’s early Aus Italien filled out the program.

****1
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