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Renée Fleming/LPO review – superstar soprano is unforgettable
This ‘gala evening’ with Fleming was breathtakingly intimate, though the London Philharmonic, under Enrique Mazzola, deserved equal credit in this strange programme of Dvořák, Verdi and Strauss

Flora Willson

24, Apr, 2022 @11:46 AM

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‘It’s like putting your soul on a dinner plate’: can anyone sing if they try?
Sky Arts’ current series proudly announces Anyone Can Sing. Its coach, tenor Nicky Spence, explains that however vocally challenged you might think you are, you can find your inner diva

Flora Willson

07, Apr, 2022 @12:58 PM

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Handel in Hackney review – easy beauty and determined string playing
The London Handel festival takes the composer’s music into spaces that wouldn’t normally hear it – with mixed results

Flora Willson

27, Mar, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Now pull the other one it’s got bells on: the concert where the audience makes the music
A classical composition where audience noise is not shushed but actively encouraged – whatever next? Cathy Milliken explains what’s in her ‘wonderbag’ and why she wants the public to play

Flora Willson

08, Mar, 2022 @8:00 AM

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NYO/Edwards review – polished, energetic and joyous music-making
Beginning with a devised piece so discreet that it was easy to miss its start, the National Youth Orchestra under Sian Edwards impressed in a programme that included Ravel and Rachmaninoff

Flora Willson

05, Jan, 2022 @8:14 AM

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Travesty or tragedy? What Egypt thinks of Verdi’s Aida
Premiered in Cairo 150 years ago, set in an exoticised ancient Egypt and written by a man who refused to visit the country for fear of ‘being mummified’, the beloved opera has left a complex legacy in the country its drama is set

Flora Willson

23, Dec, 2021 @2:29 PM

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Rossini to romcoms and Feldman to football: the best classical music and opera of 2021
In a second year of huge disruption to classical music performances, we asked our critics to tell us about their highlights, and what aspects of 2021 they’re showing the red card to

Erica Jeal, Tim Ashley, Andrew Clements, Flora Willson, Rian Evans, Martin Kettle, Hugh Morris

21, Dec, 2021 @2:15 PM

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Jamie Barton/Jake Heggie review – a straightforward delight in performing
Barton’s extraordinary talent was clear in a compelling programme that included Purcell, Price and the singer’s collaborator Jake Heggie, plus cat impressions and hip shimmies

Flora Willson

06, Dec, 2021 @11:40 AM

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Crowe/Byrne/Nordberg review – London international festival of early music: enchantment, engagement and swagger
Lucy Crowe, Liam Byrne and Jonas Nordberg performed music from the 17th and 18th centuries, and revelled in the graciousness of Errollyn Wallen’s brand new Angel Waters

Flora Willson

11, Nov, 2021 @3:52 PM

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Philharmonia/Labèque Sisters review – intensive immersion in Philip Glass
Replacing a live-accompanied screening of Koyaanisqatsi, this programme was intoxicating, thrilling and clearly exhausting to perform

Flora Willson

22, Oct, 2021 @11:36 AM

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LSO/Rattle review – all-British opener of stories, sparkles, shadows and bagpipes
Julian Anderson’s Exiles – premiered incomplete – and Judith Weir’s Natural History were compelling, with Lucy Crowe an engaging soloist, and Peter Maxwell Davies’s Orkney Wedding was a magnificent close to this season launch

Flora Willson

13, Sep, 2021 @2:44 PM

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Hallé/Elder/Grosvenor/Lapwood review – bold brass and formidable organ
The Hallé under Mark Elder was a charismatic match for Anna Lapwood’s viscera-quaking instrument, while Benjamin Grosvenor’s Beethoven was gracious and muscular

Flora Willson

08, Sep, 2021 @5:28 PM

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