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Performer: Southbank Sinfonia

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A sensitive and stylish new production of Phaedra

Hongni Wu (Phaedra) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A post-mortem fantasy that’s as compelling as it is confusing.
****1
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Ashkenazy and the Southbank Sinfonia

Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keith Saunders
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Southbank Chamber orchestra in a programme dedicated to the interpretation of classical dance forms.
***11
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The Enchanted Island a rich and strange Baroque confection

Timothy Edlin (Caliban) and Frances Gregory (Sycorax) © Robert Workman
Rather than compiling a Top Ten of Baroque Hits, The Enchanted Island amounts to much more than a gallimaufry of choice gobbets, seasoned with French galenterie.
****1
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Impressive Rake’s Progress from British Youth Opera

Pedro Ometto (Trulove), Samantha Clarke (Anne) and Frederick Jones (Tom Rakewell) © Robert Workman
Fine performances from a confident cast brought some terrific singing as well as depth of characterisation in Stravinsky’s only full-length opera.
****1
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Devilishly good fun: The Rake's Progress

Jonathan Lemalu (Nick Shadow) and Robert Murray (Tom Rakewell) © Catherine Ashmore
A compelling and energetic debut production from a new opera company in the raddled surroundings of Wilton's Music Hall.
****1
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Tragedy undermined at Wilton's

Aigul Akhmetshina (Carmen) © Clive Barda
Paring the action down to just four singers, La Tragédie de Carmen is the perfect vehicle and venue for a handful of the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists to strut their stuff.
**111
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