Eroica by Heart: Nicholas Collon’s Aurora defies concert conventions in an unforgettable and heartfelt way

United KingdomUnited Kingdom R. Strauss, Beethoven: Tom Service (presenter), Aurora Orchestra / Nicholas Collon (conductor). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 8.5.2024. (CSa)

Nicholas Collon conducts the Aurora Orchestra in R. Strauss’s Metamorphosen © Julian Guidera

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Sad to witness MTT’s lapse of memory with the LSO in the Barbican Hall

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mahler: Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Sopranos and Altos of the London Symphony Chorus (chorus director: Mariana Rosas), Tiffin Boys’ Choir (director: James Day), London Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor). Barbican Hall, London 12.5.2024. (JR)

The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas © Mark Allan

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Chineke! give characteristically life-affirming performances of music concerned with death

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Goodyear, Berlioz, Garcia: Isabelle Peters (soprano), Idunnu Munch (mezzo-soprano), Zwakele Tshabalala (tenor), Rodney Earl Clarke (baritone), Chineke! Chorus and Orchestra / Malcolm J. Merriweather (conductor). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 3.5.2024. (CK)

Malcolm J. Merriweather conducts Idunnu Munch (mezzo-soprano) and Chineke! Orchestra © Chuko Cribb

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Damiano Michieletto’s new Covent Garden Carmen is well sung but disappoints and disturbs

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Antonello Manacorda (conductor). Broadcast live (directed by Pati Marr) from the Royal Ballet & Opera, Covent Garden, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 1.5.2024. (JPr)

Ruth Alfie Adams (Don José’s mother) and Piotr Beczała (Don José) © Camilla Greenwell

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