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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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,...

  18. April 15, 2010

    Armida

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

  19. 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,...

  20. 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...

  21. 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,...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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,...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. November 16, 2007

    Norma

    Sometimes it is best to leave bad enough alone. Six years ago, the Met introduced a rather dismal production of Norma . The...

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