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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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