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  1. April 7, 2014

    The Crackle, Linbury Studio Theatre, London – review

    We were instructed to leave our mobiles switched on. Spectators with smartphones had been encouraged to download Chirp, an...

  2. March 11, 2014

    Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Barbican, London – review

    It is 25 years since the unforgettable night when Dmitri Hvorostovsky won the 1989 final of Cardiff Singer of the World,...

  1. July 24, 2013

    BBC Proms: Die Walküre, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    This was one of those nights to remember at the BBC Proms. It might have seemed impossible that anything would equal the...

  2. November 16, 2012

    Puccini: Tosca

    The Royal Opera’s production was filmed in July 2011 with as good a cast as you can expect today. Gheorghiu’s soprano may...

  3. 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...

  4. August 7, 2012

    All the best: Delius

    Why Delius? The English-born composer’s rhapsodies and idylls, at once dreamy, sensuous and meandering, are not exactly...

  5. April 25, 2011

    Die Walküre, Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Marie Westbrook Last autumn, Robert Lepage inaugurated his would-be revolutionary Ring at the Met...

  6. December 4, 2010

    Bryn Terfel: Carols and Christmas Songs

    Bryn Terfel Carols and Christmas Songs (Deutsche Grammophon) Christmas is a commercial gift horse for record companies, but...

  7. September 12, 2010

    BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall, London

    So now it is official. This year’s Proms season was the most successful ever. More than 300,000 people came and the average...

  8. August 3, 2010

    Sondheim, Royal Albert Hall, London

    On the gangway near the back of the stalls a specific seat is set aside for composers at the BBC Proms. In recent years it...

  9. July 21, 2010

    Do justice to Die Meistersinger cast

    From Ms Marianne Pitts. Sir, Having been privileged to see Welsh National Opera’s full production of Die Meistersinger von...

  10. June 21, 2010

    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

    There are two moments in Wagner's midsummer comedy where Welsh voices should score - the Bach-like chorale at the start and...

  11. June 11, 2010

    Bryn Terfel: ‘The role fits me in every way’

    Bryn Terfel onstage in 2009, singing ‘Der fliegende Holländer’ There is one memory of Bryn Terfel that is particularly...

  12. April 23, 2010

    Flags up 1910 Prom makes it a Last Night to remember

    The Last Night of the Proms is the flag-waving, roof-raising climax to the most popular series of classical music concerts...

  13. April 22, 2010

    Two Last Nights for Proms

    Katie Derham (left), the BBC Proms presenter, at the series’ launch outside the Royal Albert Hall in London The Last Night...

  14. January 22, 2010

    Netrebko and Hvorostovsky

    It has been a very odd winter for celebrity concerts in London. There was Cecilia Bartoli flouncing around in velvet...

  15. January 21, 2010

    Netrebko and Hvorostovsky, Royal Festival Hall, London

    Radiant: Anna Netrebko It has been a very odd winter for celebrity concerts in London. There was Cecilia Bartoli flouncing...

  16. August 20, 2009

    Elias, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

    A mere quarter-century after Mendelssohn’s 1846 Elijah was rapturously taken to the heart of British culture, such...

  17. June 8, 2009

    Pick of the Day

    Baltic, Balkan, Latin American, North American - aspirants to BBC Cardiff Singer of the World are cosmopolitan; and that's...

  18. May 18, 2009

    Guide - Arts around the world

    St Petersburg Stars of the White Nights The star performers of the Mariinsky Theatre's ballet, opera and symphonic corps...

  19. May 17, 2009

    Arts around the world

    SydneySydney Writers’ Festival The Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney’s annual gathering of local and international literary...

  20. March 28, 2009

    Live music

    Simply Red March 28, LG Arena, Birmingham, then touring Mick Hucknall - lothario, friend of Tony Blair, smooth soul...

  21. March 26, 2009

    Witching hour at Edinburgh

    The hounding of Sir Fred Goodwin may be transfixing Scotland, but the Edinburgh International Festival yesterday promised a...

  22. March 26, 2009

    Witching hour at Edinburgh

    The hounding of Sir Fred Goodwin may be transfixing Scotland, but the Edinburgh International Festival on Wednesday promised...

  23. February 25, 2009

    The compelling Welshman

    For a fairly popular opera, Der fliegende Holländer does not come round often. Like Wagner's anti-hero, cursed to wander...

  24. February 24, 2009

    The compelling Dutchman

    Der fliegende Holländer, Royal Opera House, London For a fairly popular opera, Der fliegende Holländer does not come round...

  25. February 21, 2009

    Live music

    Jane Birkin February 21, Barbican Centre, London Forty years after outraging her homeland by panting "Je t'aime . . . moi...

  26. January 28, 2009

    Davos Diary: Tobogganing for Barclays

    Blackstone boss Steve Schwarzman had his pick of parties to attend at Davos and dipped into the Barclays dinner and a Yale...

  27. September 14, 2008

    Last Night of the Proms, Royal Albert Hall. London

    Singers at the Last Night of the Proms must not be shy of making a big entrance. Ablaze with colour, Bryn Terfel marched on...

  28. March 17, 2008

    Guide Arts around the world

    Kyoto, Japan Yosa Buson The Miho Museum, located in north-east Kyoto, closes every winter. To mark its spring reopening...

  29. March 16, 2008

    Arts around the world

    Kyoto, JapanYosa Buson The Miho Museum, located in north-east Kyoto, closes every winter. To mark its spring reopening this...

  30. March 4, 2008

    Falstaff, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

    It used to be the case, 20 or 30 years ago, that Peter Stein represented the ultimate in theatrical values. The German...

  31. December 15, 2007

    FROM SPACE-AGE PUCCINI TO VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE

    Richard Fairman chooses 10 classical CDs and DVDs 1. The greatly missed mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson was at the...

  32. October 12, 2007

    Der Ring des Nibelungen, Royal Opera House, London

    At the opening of Götterdämmerung, the final opera in Wagner’s Ring, the three Norns sit on the Valkyrie rock weaving a...

  33. October 4, 2007

    Das Rheingold

    If all-knowing Erda had pronounced on the likely fate of this first complete cycle of the Royal Opera's new Ring des...

  34. October 3, 2007

    Das Rheingold, Royal Opera House, London

    If all-knowing Erda had pronounced on the likely fate of this first complete cycle of the Royal Opera’s new Ring des...

  35. August 11, 2007

    Classical CDs & DVDs

    Strauss: Enoch Arden Patrick Stewart Sony BMG Richard Strauss composed Enoch Arden as a thank- you gift to the Intendant of...

  36. June 30, 2007

    MUSIC

    York Early Music July 5-14 York Minster and other venues This year's festival opens with a recreation of the coronation of...

  37. April 13, 2007

    Lunch with the FT: Bryn Terfel

    Golf was to have been the hors d’oeuvre. In common with several other leading opera singers, Bryn Terfel enjoys swinging a...

  38. April 7, 2007

    Music

    Ravel/Puccini The Royal Opera scores a triumph with its new comedy double-bill, a pairing of Ravel's L'Heure espagnole and...

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