Richard Bratby

A bleeding, inch-thick hunk of verismo sirloin: Royal Opera’s Cav and Pag reviewed

Plus: in the hands of the CBSO and University of Birmingham Voices, Stanford's Requiem has never sounded more beautiful

Unquestioned star: Aleksandra Kurzak as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Royal Opera House. Credit: © 2022 ROH Photo by Tristram Kenton

One legacy of lockdown in the classical music world has been the sheer length of the 21-22 season. In a typical year, most orchestras and urban opera companies would be winding down by mid-May. Not this time: after two years of postponements, and with lost income to recoup, seasons are stretching out like the finale of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.

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