Music section awards 2020/21

  The Music Section of The Critics’ Circle is delighted to announce the winners of our Awards for 2020 and 2021 Young Talent (Composer) Alex Ho Young Talent (Conductor)   Jonathon Heyward Young Talent (Voice)            William Thomas Young Talent...
JENUFA, WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

JENUFA, WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

WNO’s latest staging of Katie Mitchell’s staging of Jenůfa (revived by director Eloise Lally) is given an additional layer of significance by current events. Janáček’s is an opera in a Slav language, in a production with various Slav participants, chronicling...
Le Nozze di Figaro, ROYAL OPERA

Le Nozze di Figaro, ROYAL OPERA

I’m an opera critic. I’m not there to enjoy myself. So I always feel a little fraudulent when a trip to the opera presents an evening of pure pleasure. David McVicar’s 2006 staging of Figaro, the opera’s 1786 setting transposed to a country house in 1830, is...
Macbeth, Royal Opera

Macbeth, Royal Opera

By Robert Thicknesse How do you turn a Hammer horror into a tragedy? It confronts every director of Verdi’s take on Shakespeare. Part of it is that the mid-19th century had such different ideas of drama (and of Shakespeare) from us, another that Verdi (and his...