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  1. February 7, 2014

    LSO/Pappano, Barbican, London – review

    A year ago Sir Peter Maxwell Davies thought he was on his deathbed: diagnosed with leukaemia, he had been admitted to...

  2. December 2, 2013

    Parsifal, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Mankind is sick. The conventional remedies, religious and medicinal, have proved useless. Where lies the cure for our...

  1. October 20, 2013

    Les Vêpres siciliennes, Royal Opera House, London – review

    If opera was only about theatrical spectacle and fine singing, this new Verdi production would count as a success. The Royal...

  2. August 14, 2013

    Don Carlo, Salzburg Festival, Grosses Festspielhaus – review

    Take a world-famous stage director, an all-star cast, a first-rate orchestra and a great conductor, put them to work on one...

  3. April 12, 2013

    Rossini: Petite Messe Solonnelle

    Rossini’s treatment of the Latin Mass is subtle, genial and, yes, jaunty: we could not be further from the opulent gravity...

  4. October 5, 2012

    Der Ring des Nibelungen, Royal Opera House, London

    After the 18-hour marathon of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen it would seem natural that the overwhelming emotion should be...

  5. July 16, 2012

    Otello, Royal Opera House, London

    It is remarkable how many operas have been inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. The tally even includes three each of Pericles...

  6. July 13, 2012

    Puccini: Il Trittico

    Richard Jones’s staging of the three Puccini one-acters was the one unqualified success of the Royal Opera’s 2011-12 season....

  7. June 26, 2012

    Les Troyens, Royal Opera House, London

    More is less. But don’t try telling David McVicar, director of the new Royal Opera staging of Berlioz’s Trojan war epic. The...

  8. March 9, 2012

    Rolando Villazón: Werther

    In July 2010, after well documented vocal problems, numerous cancellations and failed comebacks, Villazón croaked his way...

  9. January 11, 2012

    LSO/Pappano, Barbican, London

    Does the timing mean that somebody at Buckingham Palace had been checking the Barbican’s classical music programme? Only a...

  10. December 31, 2011

    2012 new year’s honours

    Knights Bachelor Gerald Acher , for charitable services Rodney Aldridge , chairman, the Aldridge Foundation, for services to...

  11. December 20, 2011

    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Royal Opera House, London

    Since the Royal Opera first unveiled its Meistersinger nearly 20 years ago, Wagner’s only comedy has become the favourite...

  12. November 5, 2011

    Mahler: Symphony No 6

    More Mahler, more invidious choices. Unless you are a believer in only one way of doing things, which negates the very...

  13. July 17, 2011

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    No matter what the challenges are, the sheer size of the BBC Proms always seems to play to their strength. In a year when...

  14. July 2, 2011

    Rossini: William Tell

    Rossini William Tell Antonio Pappano EMI (3 CDs) We all know the overture to William Tell but how often do we hear the rest?...

  15. June 10, 2011

    Tosca, Royal Opera House, London

    Five years ago there was apprehension when the Royal Opera announced that it was disposing of its classic Zeffirelli...

  16. May 27, 2011

    Musical Cinderellas

    In 1962 the accompanist Gerald Moore published an autobiography – Am I Too Loud? – which promoted his neglected art while...

  17. May 26, 2011

    Macbeth, Royal Opera House, London

    Vocal muscle: Simon Keenlyside In writing Macbeth , his first Shakespearean opera, Verdi was determined to deliver...

  18. May 9, 2011

    Werther, Royal Opera House, London

    Would he or wouldn’t he? That was the question on everybody’s lips after the past couple of years when Rolando Villazón has...

  19. April 23, 2011

    Pergolesi: Stabat Mater – A Tribute to Pergolesi

    Pergolesi Stabat Mater – A Tribute to Pergolesi Antonio Pappano (Deutsche Grammophon) The selling point is not so much...

  20. February 18, 2011

    Andrew Clark on ‘Anna Nicole’

    What a tragedy. What a waste. Not the life of Anna Nicole Smith, stupid – though the American bimbo who died of a drug...

  21. December 17, 2010

    Plácido Domingo/Antonio Pappano: Simon Boccanegra

    Plácido Domingo/Antonio Pappano Simon Boccanegra (EMI, 2 DVDs, 171 mins) Last season Plácido Domingo did the rounds of the...

  22. November 13, 2010

    Rossini: Stabat Mater

    Rossini Stabat Mater Antonio Pappano (EMI) Rossini is still best known for his operatic comedies, but it’s the serious,...

  23. October 23, 2010

    Jonas Kaufmann: Verismo arias

    Jonas Kaufmann Verismo arias (Decca) Hot on the heels of Vittorio Grigolo’s debut disc comes the latest from Kaufmann, the...

  24. October 21, 2010

    Guillaume Tell, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome

    We know Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. American television, The Lone Ranger and “Hi Ho, Silver!” have etched about 15 seconds of...

  25. October 2, 2010

    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 3 and 4

    Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 3 and 4 Leif Ove Andsnes (EMI) Andsnes first recorded the Third Concerto 15 years ago with the...

  26. June 30, 2010

    Simon Boccanegra, Royal Opera House, London

    It would not have mattered if Plácido Domingo, returning to Covent Garden in the baritone title role of Verdi’s opera, had...

  27. June 25, 2010

    Manon

    In writing Manon , Massenet penned the ultimate hymn to woman as eternal temptress. This all-encompassing role is a showcase...

  28. June 21, 2010

    Guide: Arts around the world

    New YorkAndy Warhol: The Last DecadeAndy Warhol: The Last Decade , recently opened at the Brooklyn Museum, is the first big...

  29. June 12, 2010

    Berg: Lulu

    Berg Lulu Antonio Pappano/Christof Loy(Opus Arte, 2 DVDs) Exactly a year ago the Royal Opera revealed Berg’s masterpiece in...

  30. May 22, 2010

    Cultural conduct in Kalamazoo

    From Mr M. Cary Leahey. Sir, I almost always enjoy “Lunch with the FT” and I was particularly keen to read Andrew Clark’s...

  31. May 14, 2010

    Lunch with the FT: Antonio Pappano

    We are having an early lunch. Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House, has blocked off the afternoon for a...

  32. January 15, 2010

    Immolazione

    Hans Werner Henze himself heralded his 2003 L'Upupa, or the triumph of filial love as his last opera. Opfergang (...

  33. January 14, 2010

    Immolazione, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome

    Storyteller: Hans Werner Henze Hans Werner Henze himself heralded his 2003 L’Upupa, or the triumph of filial love as his...

  34. October 30, 2009

    ‘You get bolder as you get older’

    ‘I began working when I was 10 and this is the first house I bought, 34 years later’ Antonio Pappano, 50, has been music...

  35. October 20, 2009

    L'Heure espagnole/ Gianni Schicchi

    It was a neat idea to put these two one-act operas - Ravel's L'Heure espagnole and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi - together as...

  36. October 19, 2009

    L’Heure espagnole/Gianni Schicchi, Royal Opera House, London

    It was a neat idea to put these two one-act operas – Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi – together as a...

  37. October 2, 2009

    Tristan und Isolde, Royal Opera House, London

    When Hans von Bülow, conductor of the first Tristan, described Wagner’s hymn to love as a “bel canto opera”, he wasn’t...

  38. March 20, 2009

    Verdi's Requiem

    You would expect the proper setting for a Requiem Mass to be a church. But not Verdi's Requiem. It may be classified as...

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