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LPO/Mäkelä review – anticipated debut sees young Finnish conductor blend excitement with refinement
Royal Festival Hall, London
At just 25, Klaus Mäkelä combines the vivaciousness of youth with a flawless precision to startling effect, aided by an immaculate LPO

Tim Ashley

25, Nov, 2021 @6:43 PM

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The Valkyrie review – a striking, uneven start to ENO’s Ring cycle
Director Richard Jones brings magic-realist noir to Wagner’s world – with results that range from poignant to distracting

Tim Ashley

21, Nov, 2021 @1:29 PM

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Barokksolistene review – group reinvent Schubert but are best in the tavern
Reworked as a music theatre piece with a puppet and guitars, Die Schöne Müllerin loses focus, but the second half’s terrific Alehouse Sessions make up for any doubts

Tim Ashley

19, Nov, 2021 @1:16 PM

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Bluebeard’s Castle review – Bartók’s opera wields devastating power in contrasting performances
Gerald Finley and Susan Bullock are at their best in a disquieting small-scale reimagining for Theatre of Sound; while Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic’s more traditional take is equally sensational

Tim Ashley

07, Nov, 2021 @1:08 PM

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HMS Pinafore review – ENO’s shipshape satire ramps up the camp
Director Cal McCrystal focuses on the laughs and his cast, including a creditable Les Dennis as Sir Joseph, are clearly having a whale of a time

Tim Ashley

31, Oct, 2021 @12:13 PM

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La Traviata review – Oropesa and Avetisyan are exceptional in impassioned Verdi
This revival of Richard Eyre’s handsome staging features two exceptional leads in Lisette Oropesa and Liparit Avetisyan, amply supported by conductor Antonello Manacorda

Tim Ashley

28, Oct, 2021 @12:37 PM

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Joyce DiDonato/Craig Terry review – thoughtful programme of panache and fierce beauty
The mezzo-soprano’s affecting recital celebrated the liberating immediacy of live performance with music from Handel to Berlioz, Mahler and Edith Piaf

Tim Ashley

27, Oct, 2021 @11:32 AM

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Fidelio review – musically excellent but panopticon staging is overloaded
Frederic Wake-Walker’s production for Glyndebourne on Tour adds video and even a new character to Beethoven’s opera

Tim Ashley

12, Oct, 2021 @2:38 PM

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Amadigi review – ETO's small-scale Handel with yoga and walls of fire
The irrationalities of desire among a quartet of lovers are the focus of Handel’s opera in James Conway’s lively and fluent new production

Tim Ashley

04, Oct, 2021 @9:22 AM

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Cultural prescription: film, books, plays and more to help you embrace autumn
From A Midsummer Night’s Dream to When Harry Met Sally, Guardian critics suggest comforting culture for the changing seasons

Peter Bradshaw, Tim Ashley, Adrian Searle, Alison Flood and Arifa Akbar

04, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Philharmonia/Rouvali review – new principal conductor proves himself a fine Straussian
In his first concert as the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali brought a glowing string sound and irresistible elan to an all-Strauss programme

Tim Ashley

01, Oct, 2021 @11:01 AM

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ROH: Jenůfa review – Mattila is formidable in new Janaček staging
Claus Guth’s symbolism-heavy production is at its best when simplest. Asmik Grigorian and Karita Mattila are a strong pairing and conductor Henrik Nánási has the measure of the score

Tim Ashley

29, Sep, 2021 @11:46 AM

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