Last chance to see
Fans of opera and Sir Simon Rattle will not want to miss his much-anticipated semi-staged production of Ligeti’s Le grand macabre, directed by Peter Sellars, at the Barbican on March 14–15 (020–7638 8891; www.barbican.org.uk)
Give this a miss
Although popular with some, King Creosote’s mix of folk-song innocence, electronic effects and ambience sounds altogether too knowing for me. Barbican on January 22 (020–7638 8891; www.barbican.org.uk)
Over the way at Covent Garden (020–7304 4000; www. roh.org.uk), the Royal Opera sails full speed ahead with the last few performances of Robert Carsen’s well-received production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (until January 24), while from January 13 to 30, George Benjamin conducts his exquisite if eerie Written on Skin, reviving a work that has
electrified the operatic world, with soprano Barbara Hannigan reprising her magnetic starring performance.
And finally, from February 7 to March 2, Angela Gheorghiu brings her diva allure to the title role of Cilea’s romantic, tragic Adriana Lecouvreur—the kind of glamour that will captivate even the most demanding contemporary taste.