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    1. August 1, 2016

      BBC Proms: Roméo et Juliette, Royal Albert Hall: ‘Inspired’

      For a passionate admirer of Shakespeare, Berlioz left some strangely variable tributes to the playwright. His opera...

    2. July 25, 2016

      Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne, West Sussex, UK — review

      To mark the Shakespeare anniversary, Glyndebourne is offering two productions: the festival’s first ever staging of...

    1. November 12, 2015

      London Philharmonic Orchestra/Ticciati, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘Evocative’

      Robin Ticciati has already established a reputation in the music of Héctor Berlioz, but this programme with the LPO...

    2. November 8, 2015

      International Chopin Piano Competition winner, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘Lucid and shimmering’

      The International Chopin Piano Competition is the high-pressure road to the top for any pianist. As the competition...

    3. March 15, 2015

      New York Philharmonic/Adès, Avery Fisher Hall, New York — review

      This was no ordinary garden-variety concert by the New York Philharmonic. Not by a short shot. The podium was not...

    4. March 12, 2015

      Ballet de Lorraine, Linbury Studio Theatre, London — review

      Ballet de Lorraine began a four-night residency at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio on Wednesday. It is the...

    5. February 27, 2015

      Upcoming dance performances

      Ballet de Lorraine, Linbury Studio Theatre, London There is no ballet on the main Covent Garden stage during the coming...

    6. September 28, 2014

      Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      There’s nothing quite like a deafening requiem, and few are quite as deafening as Berlioz’s Grande messe des morts....

    7. September 26, 2014

      Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique – review

      During its long years with Colin Davis the London Symphony Orchestra became expert in the music of Berlioz. The...

    8. August 31, 2014

      Les Troyens, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival – review

      The original division into two parts of Les Troyens, Berlioz’s epic slice of “Virgil Shakespearianised”, was arbitrary...

    9. August 8, 2014

      Berlioz: Harold in Italy – review

      Leonard Slatkin and the orchestra of France’s second city may seem an odd pairing, but their bargain-price Berlioz –...

    10. June 17, 2014

      Much Ado About Nothing, Delacorte Theater, New York – review

      I always leave an outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing happy: the only question is how happy. In the case of...

    11. June 6, 2014

      Benvenuto Cellini, Coliseum, London – review

      Benvenuto Cellini, Hector Berlioz, Terry Gilliam – soulmates in chaos, confusion and crazed inspiration. Or so it seems...

    12. April 4, 2014

      Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Jansons, Barbican, London – review

      Mariss Jansons never used to be a Brucknerian. In the years when he was forging his reputation, in St Petersburg and...

    13. March 17, 2014

      San Francisco SO/Michael Tilson Thomas, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      American orchestras are always welcome in London: they clarify what unites and divides us. We speak the same language –...

    14. March 7, 2014

      La Fille du régiment, Royal Opera House, London

      How seriously can we take Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment? According to one of its first critics, the composer Hector...

    15. November 13, 2013

      London Symphony Orchestra/Gergiev, Barbican, London – review

      This journey through Berlioz’s major orchestral works has had a rocky ride. Protests by gay rights campaigners against...

    16. April 28, 2013

      Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Nina Stemme, Alice Tully Hall, New York – review

      Nina Stemme is widely, also justly, celebrated as the leading Wagner heroine of our day. For some reason, however, New...

    17. December 10, 2012

      Robert le diable, Royal Opera House, London

      Perhaps Giacomo Meyerbeer should have stuck to Plan A: his original idea was to write Robert le diable (Robert the...

    18. July 27, 2012

      Of maestros and men

      Music in 1853: The Biography of a Year, by Hugh Macdonald, Boydell Press, RRP£25, 224 pages Newly arrived in Weimar, an...

    19. April 14, 2012

      Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

      Setting a chamber orchestra loose on Berlioz’s groundbreaking work has attractions that accord with the mood of our...

    20. February 9, 2012

      Armide, Juilliard School New York

      Academia rushes in where professionals fear to tread. And so it was on Wednesday. Gluck composed Armide in 1777. A...

    21. January 8, 2012

      New York Philharmonic/ Gilbert, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

      The New York Philharmonic – emphatically Alan Gilbert’s Philharmonic – offered an intriguing juxtaposition of opposites...

    22. October 5, 2011

      LSO/Colin Davis, Barbican, London

      Having begun his 85th year barely two weeks ago, Sir Colin Davis cuts a venerable profile as he finds his way to the...

    23. September 11, 2011

      BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

      It seems that the BBC Proms declare audience figures have hit a new peak at the end of every season. The announcement...

    24. April 11, 2011

      Le Freischütz, Opéra Comique, Paris

      Sophie Karthäuser (right) When the Paris Opera decided to put on Weber’s Der Freischütz in 1841, it commissioned...

    25. January 4, 2011

      Gustavo Dudamel/Elina Garanca, Philharmonie, Berlin

      Is it about music, or about ratings? Fought over by television stations and rushed out on to the CD market, the big...

    26. November 9, 2010

      LSO/Harding, Barbican, London

      Although Lang Lang had cancelled this concert late in the day word seemed to have gone around. Having heard that the...

    27. June 28, 2010

      Guide: Arts around the world

      ParisWilliam KentridgeThe Jeu de Paume gallery exhibits the work of South African artist William Kentridge from...

    28. April 18, 2010

      Top film directors tackle opera for ENO

      Two of Britain's leading filmmakers are to direct operas for the first time for English National Opera's new season,...

    29. April 10, 2010

      Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

      Gluck Orphée et Eurydice Juan Diego FlórezDecca (2 CDs) Gluck composed his most famous opera for Vienna in 1762 in...

    30. February 26, 2010

      Béatrice et Bénédict

      Beware the "producer knows best" syndrome.Berlioz's last work, "a caprice written with the point of a needle" in his...

    31. February 25, 2010

      Béatrice et Bénédict, Opéra Comique, Paris

      Monstrous eyes, toffee-apple cheeks: Allan Clayton and Christine Rice Beware the “producer knows best”...

    32. February 9, 2010

      L'Enfance du Christ

      The Shepherds' Chorus from Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ is so recognisable that you would think the work as a whole...

    33. February 8, 2010

      L’Enfance du Christ, City Halls, Glasgow

      Relaxed beat: Robin Ticciati The Shepherds’ Chorus from Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ is so recognisable that you would...

    34. September 26, 2009

      Gergiev’s broad and varied range

      From Mr Peter van Laarhoven. Sir, Andrew Clark asserts that even in French repertoire, where he is most at home besides...

    35. August 17, 2009

      Guide Arts around the world

      Reykjavik Culture Night With the sun still up for almost 24 hours, this annual event combines outdoor concerts, dance,...

    36. August 16, 2009

      Arts around the world

      ReykjavikCulture Night With the sun still up for almost 24 hours, this annual event combines outdoor concerts, dance,...

    37. March 4, 2009

      I Capuleti e i Montecchi

      Berlioz loved the "élan and intensity" of the Act One finale of Bellini's Romeo and Juliet opera. Wagner acknowledged...

    38. March 3, 2009

      I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Royal Opera House, London

      Berlioz loved the “élan and intensity” of the Act One finale of Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet opera. Wagner acknowledged...

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