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Performer: Toby Spence

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LondonThe Tempest

Barbican
Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Adès; Christopher Maltman; Audrey Luna; Nicky Spence; Marta Fontanals-Simmons

MunichTimon of AthensWorld premiere

Timon of Athens
Francesconi: Timon of Athens
Kent Nagano; Andreas Kriegenburg; Bavarian State Opera; Harald Thor; Andrea Schraad; Toby Spence; Jochen Kupfer

LeedsFidelio

Opera North
Beethoven: Fidelio
Mark Wigglesworth; Opera North; Rachel Nicholls; Toby Spence; Robert Hayward
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Londonre:connect - Isolation & Friendship

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Britten, Watkins, Prokofiev
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Oliver Zeffman; Toby Spence; Huw Watkins

High WycombeFidelio from Garsington, recorded in September 2020

Toby Spence (Florestan) © Johan Persson
Beethoven: Fidelio
Douglas Boyd; Peter Mumford; Garsington Opera Company; Toby Spence; Richard Burkhard; Andrew Foster-Williams; Stephen Richardson

LondonLive from Covent Garden

Britten, Butterworth, Strauss R., Turnage, Finzi, Handel, Bizet
Sir Antonio Pappano; Louise Alder; Toby Spence; Gerald Finley; Francesca Hayward
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Fidelio rescues Garsington Opera's 2020 festival

Toby Spence (Florestan) © Johan Persson
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

Robert Spano © Angela Morriss
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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Bergen International Festival: Donald Trump sings Ligeti

Sara Hershkowitz © Thor Brødreskift
A surprise "artist" gatecrashes the Festival's closing concert
*****
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Billy Budd finally drops anchor again at The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
After nearly two decades away from the Covent Garden stage, it was time Britten's Billy Budd came home, in a new production from Madrid by Deborah Warner. 
****1
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Parry's Judith superbly performed at the Royal Festival Hall

Hubert Parry © Public domain
The 20th century completely passed Parry's Judith by completely... and it isn't difficult to see why.
***11
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A stylish Rake's Progress from Jurowski and the LPO

Matthew Rose © Lena Kern
Toby Spence, Matthew Rose and Andrew Watts shine in a fluent semi-staging at the Royal Festival Hall.
****1
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