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    1. April 22, 2014

      Cannes Film Festival 2014 – preview

      The impossibly suave Marcello Mastroianni peering roguishly over his Prada sunglasses is the image that will greet visitors...

    2. March 24, 2014

      Mothers and Sons, Golden Theatre, New York – review

      Mike Nichols once observed that casting a well-loved actor in a play or movie makes the director’s job easier: you don’t...

    1. October 17, 2013

      La Vestale, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris – review

      Whatever the merits of Spontini’s best known work in shaping later operas, it has become a star vehicle that stands or falls...

    2. August 16, 2013

      Step out in Mediterranean sandals

      From catwalks to urban sidewalks, the Mediterranean sandal, with its artisanal feel, vegetable tanned leather and stitched...

    3. June 14, 2013

      Norma: Cecilia Bartoli

      We have Bartoli to thank for inspiring a new critical edition of Bellini’s opera and discovering that the title role was...

    4. January 6, 2013

      All the best: La traviata

      The Verdi bicentenary is upon us. Performances over the coming 12 months will doubtless reaffirm his stature as a man of the...

    5. March 9, 2012

      Our debt to Greek culture

      A conversation over lunch with the violinist Leonidas Kavakos – maybe Greece’s most gifted classical performer since Maria...

    6. February 12, 2012

      Norma, Grand Theatre, Leeds

      Two female singers are writhing horizontally in the centre foreground. A man is lurking with an axe. A tree trunk, shaped...

    7. February 9, 2012

      Records, tapes and photos go digital

      It used to be difficult and costly to convert music on vinyl records, cassette tape recordings or photographic prints and...

    8. February 8, 2012

      Master Class, Vaudeville Theatre, London

      The entrance round of applause is one degree of excess; the entrance round of whooping and whistling is ridiculous. You...

    9. January 13, 2012

      Active voice

      The words tumble out with barely contained feeling, as if fuelled by a mixture of frustration and desire. “I would do Carmen...

    10. October 28, 2011

      A secret garden

      After The King’s Speech , I have been to check out the ex-King’s retreat. With his Duchess, Wallis Simpson, the abdicated...

    11. July 7, 2011

      Master Class, Friedman Theatre, New York

      Maria Callas is no goddess to me, so purists who find Master Class, Terrence McNally’s play about her, a desecration will...

    12. June 10, 2011

      Tosca, Royal Opera House, London

      Five years ago there was apprehension when the Royal Opera announced that it was disposing of its classic Zeffirelli...

    13. May 1, 2011

      Out with the stretch limos

      Few executives admit that their job is managing decline but in some industries decline is a fact of life and managing it a...

    14. December 10, 2010

      Gift of the gab

      At 17, intoxicated by her mother’s Maria Callas records, Gabby Young set her sights on following in the diva’s footsteps. A...

    15. October 14, 2010

      Onassis, Novello Theatre, London

      Robert Lindsay as Onassis Jackie Kennedy on being shown a landmark from Aristotle Onassis’s yacht: “Wasn’t Homer born...

    16. October 11, 2010

      Soprano of supreme musical mastery

      The term “overnight success” was rarely more appropriate than on 17 February 1959, when Joan Sutherland made her debut as...

    17. October 8, 2010

      Savoy Hotel reopens after £220m revamp

      Mirrors were being polished, paintwork touched up and furniture rearranged at the Savoy ahead of Sunday’s long-awaited...

    18. September 24, 2010

      The UK premiere of the ‘Neruda Songs’

      When news broke of the death from cancer of American mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, in July 2006 at the age of 52,...

    19. April 15, 2010

      Armida

      The Metropolitan Opera first raised its curtain in 1883, but until Monday the company had never ventured Rossini's Armida ....

    20. April 14, 2010

      Armida, Metropolitan Opera, New York

      Sweetness and determination: Renée Fleming and Lawrence Brownlee The Metropolitan Opera first raised its curtain in 1883,...

    21. April 14, 2010

      Prima Donna

      It is less than a year since its premiere at the Manchester International Festival and Prima Donna is already on to its...

    22. March 26, 2010

      T’ai chi and Tosca

      A prima donna is growing old. Younger rivals are stealing her roles. Her private life is a mess. Her confidence is slipping,...

    23. October 27, 2009

      Otello

      Graeme Jenkins, music director of the Dallas Opera, put it bluntly the morning after Verdi's Otello opened the season on...

    24. October 26, 2009

      Otello, Dallas Opera

      Graeme Jenkins, music director of the Dallas Opera, put it bluntly the morning after Verdi’s Otello opened the season on...

    25. April 1, 2009

      So self-referential it hurts

      Robert Carsen's Tosca is a diva's diva, Maria Callas crossed with Marilyn Monroe and spiced with Jessica Rabbit. This new...

    26. March 31, 2009

      Tosca, Zurich Opera

      Robert Carsen’s Tosca is a diva’s diva, Maria Callas crossed with Marilyn Monroe and spiced with Jessica Rabbit. This new...

    27. January 17, 2009

      Crooner Charles

      Former ITV boss Charles Allen has signed up with private equity's Guy Hands to chair EMI. Messrs Allen and Hands go back...

    28. January 13, 2009

      Orfeo ed Euridice

      Sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. Not this time. When the Met introduced Mark Morris's incoherent, stubbornly...

    29. January 12, 2009

      Orfeo ed Euridice, Metropolitan Opera, New York

      Sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. Not this time. When the Met introduced Mark Morris’s incoherent, stubbornly...

    30. October 5, 2008

      Aristo, Chichester Festival Theatre

      A Greek hero – rich as Croesus, powerful as Agamemnon, lecherous as Jove – brought low by nemesis: it sounds like something...

    31. September 29, 2008

      Dean’s column: Alice Guihon on Herbert Von Karajan

      I have always loved music, especially classical music and opera. I greatly admire opera singers such as Placido Domingo and...

    32. May 24, 2008

      Hendrix, Callas and the bank

      On a huge advertising board that stands high in the departure hall of Heathrow Airport's Terminal 2, Jimi Hendrix is having...

    33. February 29, 2008

      La sonnambula

      Performances by the Opera Orchestra of New York tend to be hit or miss affairs, usually elevated by a compelling singer or...

    34. February 28, 2008

      La sonnambula, Opera Orchestra of New York

      Performances by the Opera Orchestra of New York tend to be hit or miss affairs, usually elevated by a compelling singer or...

    35. February 23, 2008

      THE WALLPAPER* CITY GUIDE TO . . .Hotels in Athens

      Fresh Minimalist lines combine with comfort, pop furniture and vivid colours to give the public areas and all 133 rooms,...

    36. December 21, 2007

      The deep thrill of music’s vibrations

      From Mr Denis Vaughan. Sir, Elizabeth Lauer’s praise (Letters, December 19) of the mental approach to musical appreciation...

    37. December 3, 2007

      Deans’ column: Judith Bouvard of Grenoble Ecole de Management on Maria Callas

      As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Maria Callas, it seemed appropriate to reflect on the impact the...

    38. December 3, 2007

      Magic and passion of magnificent Maria

      As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Maria Callas, it seemed appropriate to reflect on the impact the...

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