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Performer: Toby Spence

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LondonThe Bach Choir: The St Matthew Passion

Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
David Hill; The Bach Choir; Florilegium; Ed Lyon; Mark Stone

LeedsParsifalNew concert staging

Wagner: Parsifal
Richard Farnes; PJ Harris; Opera North; Toby Spence; Katarina Karnéus; Brindley Sherratt; Robert Hayward

ManchesterParsifalNew concert staging

Wagner: Parsifal
Richard Farnes; PJ Harris; Opera North; Toby Spence; Katarina Karnéus; Brindley Sherratt; Robert Hayward
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BrusselsLulu

Berg: Lulu
Alain Altinoglu; Krzysztof Warlikowski; La Monnaie | De Munt; Małgorzata Szczęśniak; Felice Ross; La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
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Black Swan: Barbara Hannigan returns in Warlikowski's Lulu

Barbara Hannigan is better than ever in Krzysztof Warlikowski's iconic Lulu at La Monnaie – an historic event.
*****
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Midsummer fire: Tippett sets the new LPO season alight

An incandescent concert performance of Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage launches a new era for the London Philharmonic under principal conductor Edward Gardner.
****1
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“The plague is with us”: Death in Venice hits close to the bone

Carried by a handful of standout performances, Britten’s story of madness and infection comes into its own in 2021, in the Opéra National du Rhin's clever and inventive staging. 

*****
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Beethoven's Fidelio as fervent prayer in Leeds

Opera North performed a semi-staged and shortened Fidelio with a committed group of soloists, chorus and orchestra led by Mark Wiggelsworth.  With a pared Orchestra, the opera came across as a hymn of hope.
****1
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Fidelio rescues Garsington Opera's 2020 festival

Peter Mumford's intelligent staging concept and a knockout performance by a reduced Philharmonia Orchestra made this a night to remember.
*****
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Impassioned Atlanta Mahler 8 strives to achieve balance

Spano marshaled the vast forces with sensitive balance in many moments. But the difficulty of achieving a proper blend amidst the thick timbral texture prevented the performance from reaching transcendence.
***11
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