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    1. May 29, 2014

      Moses und Aron

      Don’t be put off by the composer’s thorny reputation: Schoenberg’s biblical epic, left incomplete when he died, is a...

    2. May 27, 2014

      Moses und Aron, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – review

      No burning bush. No golden calf. No orgy. We may be accustomed to productions that ignore composers’ stage directions, but a...

    1. May 23, 2014

      Bartók: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle – review

      In the theatre, Bartók’s one-act opera is a dramatic portrait of the irreconcilability of the sexes. In the concert hall,...

    2. May 9, 2014

      Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain – review

      At Salzburg last summer Gawain finally won a life outside the UK, and next week a “concert staging” opens the Barbican’s...

    3. November 3, 2013

      Wozzeck, Royal Opera House, London – review

      After first-rate revivals of Le nozze di Figaro and Elektra to start the Royal Opera season, here comes another. It is...

    4. August 11, 2013

      Gawain, Felsenreitschule, Salzburg Festival – review

      Dressed as Joseph Beuys, Gawain beheads the Green Knight with a chainsaw. “I am not that hero,” he sings later, as an...

    5. March 4, 2013

      The Threepenny Opera, Royal Festival Hall, London

      As the onstage band launched into the second-act finale of this once-notorious “play with music”, the auditorium lights came...

    6. 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...

    7. August 21, 2012

      All the best: Wagner’s Ring

      Half a century ago Der Ring des Nibelungen represented the Everest of classical recording. It ran to 19 LPs – a mammoth...

    8. 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...

    9. November 6, 2011

      Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

      “Infernal Dance”, the year-long survey of Bartók from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, left the best to...

    10. January 15, 2010

      Immolazione

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

    11. 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...

    12. September 17, 2009

      Fluency of voice and of feeling

      Italian opera has never been more popular. It has also never been in greater need of Italian voices. No matter how good the...

    13. September 16, 2009

      Don Carlo, Royal Opera House, London

      Italian opera has never been more popular. It has also never been in greater need of Italian voices. No matter how good the...

    14. April 28, 2009

      Triumph at the end of the world

      James Levine always collects a thunderous ovation when he enters the pit for the Ring . He deserves it, no doubt, even...

    15. April 27, 2009

      Götterdämmerung, Metropolitan Opera, New York

      James Levine always collects a thunderous ovation when he enters the pit for the Ring. He deserves it, no doubt, even though...

    16. April 21, 2009

      Swords, sorcery and a giant crab

      If Siegfried is the scherzo of the Ring , it was a long, tough and ponderous scherzo on Saturday. Even by lowly current...

    17. April 20, 2009

      Siegfried, Metropolitan Opera, New York

      If Siegfried is the scherzo of the Ring, it was a long, tough and ponderous scherzo on Saturday. James Morris as Wotan Even...

    18. April 12, 2009

      Das Rheingold/Die Walküre, Metropolitan Opera, New York

      So, how do you like your Ring? If you are looking for irony or sociopolitical undertones, modernist symbols or abstractions,...

    19. December 30, 2008

      Tsar turn from local hero

      Did the Tsar get his job by dint of murdering the nine-year-old Dmitri? Mussorgksy evidently thought so. His Boris Godunov...

    20. December 29, 2008

      Boris Godunov, Dresden Semperoper

      Did the Tsar get his job by dint of murdering the nine-year-old Dmitri? Mussorgksy evidently thought so. His Boris Godunov...

    21. July 29, 2008

      BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

      The BBC Proms are at their best in daring new music or big works that fill the Royal Albert Hall’s cavernous auditorium. As...

    22. July 26, 2008

      Live music

      Tom Waits July 27-28, Edinburgh Playhouse A sadly sporadic live performer, Tom Waits pays a fleeting visit to our shores on...

    23. June 14, 2008

      Radio choice - Martin Hoyle

      A couple of years ago Radio 4 ran an absorbing programme about London's 1948 Olympics. Saturday's Archive Hour (8pm), The...

    24. May 17, 2008

      Live music

      Feist May 20, Queens Hall, Edinburgh, then touring Leslie Feist broke free of her indie background on last year's...

    25. May 10, 2008

      Classical - Andrew Clark

      Bernstein In rehearsal and performance Medici Arts Filmed in 1988, two years before his death, this DVD offers a portrait...

    26. April 19, 2008

      Between love and lust, man and beast

      Between love and lust, hand and hurt, womb and tomb, man and beast, there is next to nothing. So opines the Minotaur, in...

    27. April 12, 2008

      Live Music

      The Breeders April 12, Leadmill, Sheffield then touring An air of underachievement surrounds indie cult heroine Kim Deal....

    28. February 2, 2008

      Hallé Orchestra

      It all began with a German cosmopolitan who fled Paris in 1848 and settled in north-west England. Charles Hallé’s...

    29. December 1, 2007

      LIVE MUSIC

      Kings of Leon December 1, Aberdeen Exhibition Centre, then touring Once dubbed the "Southern Strokes", Kings of Leon are...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. November 11, 2006

      Music

      The Ring - BOOK NOW Starting next October 2 the Royal Opera will present three cycles of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen....

    34. September 30, 2006

      CRITICS' CHOICE: Music

      La finta giardiniera A much-publicised row between conductor and director has left the Royal Opera's new production,...

    35. July 8, 2006

      Music

      The Proms - NEW Proms supremo Nick Kenyon has squared several circles in Friday's opening programme. To inaugurate Jiri...

    36. July 3, 2006

      Moses und Aron, Bavarian State Opera, Munich

      Aron hangs inverted at the base of a steel slope, attached by a red cord to his bearded brother. Moses will fail his...

    37. April 22, 2006

      Music

      Gotterdammerung The Royal Opera's Ring has been a long and not particularly inspiring haul, but it comes to a modestly...

    38. April 17, 2006

      Radio

      Radio 3 takes pride of place - albeit somewhat in the spirit of Dr Johnson's dog walking on its hind legs - with The Ring...

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