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  1. November 28, 2013

    Ernani, Teatro dell’Opera, Rome – review

    They do things differently here. The chorus troop on, sing and troop off. The setting, ornate and decorative, makes no...

  2. October 7, 2012

    Chicago Symphony/Muti, Carnegie Hall, New York

    The season has begun rather bumpily for the Chicago Symphony. The official opening programme on home turf in Illinois on...

  1. December 30, 2011

    Glory amid the gloom

    As I suppose hairdressers must know, highlights shine out more brightly against a background of gloom – or perhaps glumness...

  2. May 27, 2011

    Musical Cinderellas

    In 1962 the accompanist Gerald Moore published an autobiography – Am I Too Loud? – which promoted his neglected art while...

  3. April 18, 2011

    Muti/Otello, Carnegie Hall, New York

    Maestro’s return: Riccardo Muti Riccardo Muti was back. Still recovering from pacemaker implantation and surgery for face...

  4. October 6, 2010

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Muti, Symphony Center, Chicago

    Chicago has embraced Riccardo Muti with open and loving arms. But, like Boston and New York with James Levine, it now knows...

  5. August 2, 2010

    Orfeo ed Euridice, Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg

    Gluck’s simple, affecting masterpiece is so intermittently performed that any encounter should be welcomed. Does that mean...

  6. May 27, 2010

    Testament to a young master

    This is the third year at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival that Riccardo Muti has showcased music linked to his native city of...

  7. April 5, 2010

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    In its 65th birthday season the Philharmonia Orchestra is making sure its old friends turn up for the celebrations. Last...

  8. April 4, 2010

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

    In its 65th birthday season the Philharmonia Orchestra is making sure its old friends turn up for the celebrations. Last...

  9. March 8, 2010

    NY Phil/Muti

    Riccardo Muti is the man of the hour in musical Manhattan. He has just made his overdue debut at the Met amid much brouhaha...

  10. March 5, 2010

    NY Phil/Muti, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

    Riccardo Muti is the man of the hour in musical Manhattan. He has just made his overdue debut at the Met amid much brouhaha...

  11. February 25, 2010

    A barbarian stands and delivers

    It was supposed to be a memorable night at the Met on Tuesday. And so it was, mostly for the wrong reasons.The central...

  12. February 24, 2010

    Attila, Metropolitan Opera, New York

    Noble cameo: Samuel Ramey as Bishop Leone It was supposed to be a memorable night at the Met on Tuesday. And so it was,...

  13. February 22, 2010

    Guide: Arts around the world

    New YorkAttilaObscure Verdi receives lavish treatment at the Metropolitan Opera from tomorrow. Set against the suitably...

  14. February 21, 2010

    Arts around the world

    New YorkAttila Ildar Abdrazakov will play Verdi’s Attila in New York Obscure Verdi receives lavish treatment at the...

  15. December 27, 2009

    Arts around the world

    New YorkCarmen Hot on the heels of La Scala’s sexed-up version of Bizet’s best-known opera, Richard Eyre brings his new...

  16. August 3, 2009

    Così fan tutte, Haus für Mozart, Salzburg

    It’s Salzburg, so it must be Mozart. No other place in the world – not even Bayreuth – has cashed in on a musical legacy as...

  17. June 4, 2009

    Demofoonte

    Anyone in search of Neapolitan music from its golden years should go not to Naples but to the Salzburg Whitsun Festival,...

  18. June 3, 2009

    Demofoonte, Haus für Mozart, Salzburg

    Anyone in search of Neapolitan music from its golden years should go not to Naples but to the Salzburg Whitsun Festival,...

  19. May 5, 2009

    Solidity in a time of flux

    Most of the big US orchestras are facing upheaval of one sort or another these days. With Esa-Pekka Salonen en route to...

  20. May 4, 2009

    NY Philharmonic/Gilbert, Avery Fisher Hall, NY

    Unflagging authority: Alan Gilbert in action with the NY Philharmonic Most of the big US orchestras are facing upheaval of...

  21. September 18, 2008

    Debut of sensitivity and style

    With the appointments of Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic) and Gustavo Dudamel (Los Angeles Philharmonic), American...

  22. September 17, 2008

    Debut of sensitivity and style

    With the appointments of Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic) and Gustavo Dudamel (Los Angeles Philharmonic), American...

  23. September 15, 2008

    Guide - Arts around the world

    London London Design Festival Spread across London, the sixth annual Design Festival brings together the talents of...

  24. September 12, 2008

    Old friend with plenty to say

    The short stay of Bernard Haitink as principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is proving long on interest. By...

  25. September 11, 2008

    Old friend with plenty to say

    The short stay of Bernard Haitink as principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is proving long on interest. By...

  26. August 12, 2008

    Otello, Salzburg Festival

    Everybody will have been glad to see Riccardo Muti in the pit for Otello, the biggest new production at this year’s Salzburg...

  27. May 20, 2008

    Chicago Symphony/Haitink

    Bernard Haitink was the venerable figure on the podium on Friday when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played the delicate...

  28. May 19, 2008

    Chicago Symphony/Haitink, Carnegie Hall, New York

    Bernard Haitink was the venerable figure on the podium on Friday when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played the delicate...

  29. March 10, 2008

    Authentic Italy goes multinational

    For any non-Italian visiting the home of Italian opera, the expectation is that you will have the archetypal Italian...

  30. March 9, 2008

    Authentic Italy goes multinational

    Il Trittico/Wozzeck La Scala, Milan For any non-Italian visiting the home of Italian opera, the expectation is that you will...

  31. January 29, 2008

    Muti/Lupu NY Philharmonic

    Sometimes familiarity breeds little contentment. The New York Philharmonic rode a friendly warhorse - Schumann's A-minor...

  32. January 28, 2008

    Muti, Lupu/NY Philharmonic, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

    Sometimes familiarity breeds little contentment. The New York Philharmonic rode a friendly warhorse – Schumann’s A-minor...

  33. January 23, 2008

    Muti/New York Philharmonic

    Riccardo Muti is a musician with special priorities, special sensitivities. He focuses drama with clarity and refinement....

  34. January 22, 2008

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

    Riccardo Muti is a musician with special priorities, special sensitivities. He focuses drama with clarity and refinement. He...

  35. December 6, 2007

    Philharmonia Orchestra/Muti

    Thirty-five years ago, when the Philharmonia Orchestra was facing its darkest hour, a new, young conductor stepped forward...

  36. December 5, 2007

    Philharmonia Orchestra/MutiRoyal Festival Hall, London

    Thirty-five years ago, when the Philharmonia Orchestra was facing its darkest hour, a new, young conductor stepped forward...

  37. December 1, 2007

    LIVE MUSIC

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

  38. October 9, 2007

    Pairing that knocks 'em dead

    A chill breeze is blowing through the streets of the windy city. For as long as anyone can remember, the Chicago Symphony...

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