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    1. November 10, 2014

      War Requiem, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      Posterity will inherit one musical work which tells outstandingly of war in the 20th century. That is Britten’s War Requiem,...

    2. October 17, 2014

      First Person: ‘I studied at the Guildhall without being able to read music’

      I got the love of music as a child through my family. My grandmother loved singing. She listened to Aretha Franklin, Gladys...

    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,...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. May 17, 2009

      Arts around the world

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

    22. March 28, 2009

      Live music

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

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. February 21, 2009

      Live music

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

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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