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September 7, 2019 Susan Elkin

Prom 60 (Susan Elkin reviews)

Royal Albert Hall, 3 September 2019 Bernard Haitink’s final London concert was characterised by warmth, dignity and charisma. Many years ago I...

September 7, 2019 Susan Elkin

Prom 51 (Susan Elkin reviews)

This production of Mozart’s last opera Die Zauberflote is characterised by fine orchestral work, much impeccable singing –  and a great deal of directorial...

September 7, 2019 Susan Elkin

Prom 40 (Susan Elkin reviews)

Well, it’s a very pretty piano: a fine example of high Victorian bling. It’s just a pity that Queen Victoria’s piano, on...

September 7, 2019 Susan Elkin

Prom 34 (Susan Elkin reviews)

Unexpectedly, the high spot in this initially populist concert was the Lutoslawski concerto for orchestra (1954) with which it ended. Full of...

September 7, 2019 Susan Elkin

Cilea: L’arlesiana (Susan Elkin reviews)

Opera Holland Park Education is a progressive realisation of our own ignorance, as Einstein said. The same applies to classical music and...

September 7, 2019 Susan Elkin

A Fool’s Paradise and The Happy Princess

Garsington Opera at Wormsley The Happy Princess by Paul Fincham and Jessica Duchen, loosely based on an Oscar Wilde story, is a mini-masterpiece....

August 25, 2019 Susan Elkin

Carry on Dying

Till death us do part. That’s what we vowed at St George’s Church, Forest Hill back in 1969 and we both kept...

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