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  1. August 4, 2014

    Salzburg Festival – review

    An idea echoes round the rock-face of the Felsenreitschule, a cavernous auditorium that serves as Salzburg’s most versatile...

  2. August 3, 2014

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/ Petrenko, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    When Richard Strauss described Elgar as “the first English progressive musician”, he was responding to the choral work The...

  1. June 27, 2014

    Ariadne auf Naxos, Royal Opera House, London – review

    No composer was so intent on navel-gazing as Richard Strauss. In his 150th anniversary year we are getting plenty of...

  2. June 20, 2014

    Strauss: Elektra – review

    Chéreau directed Richard Strauss’s one-act opera at the Aix-en-Provence festival in July 2013. His health was fragile: he...

  3. May 18, 2014

    Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne, East Sussex, UK – review

    Is it all a dream? The question posed in the final scene of Der Rosenkavalier is one most of us can relate to. A young man...

  4. May 16, 2014

    Thomas von Steinaecker: Richard Strauss and His Heroines – review

    This is an extraordinary DVD. Released to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, it shows how much of...

  5. April 25, 2014

    Interview: soprano Kate Royal in ‘Der Rosenkavalier’

    Stress levels are rising. The countdown to opening night has begun. Expectations are high, all the more so when a...

  6. March 23, 2014

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    One of the advantages for orchestras and opera-houses marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss is that...

  7. March 16, 2014

    Die Frau ohne Schatten, Royal Opera House, London – review

    After a gap of 13 years, Richard Strauss’s biggest and most ambitious opera returns to London – in triumph. As a tribute to...

  8. December 27, 2013

    Do artistic anniversaries have anything interesting to tell us?

    The sea disappears into an endless horizon. The waves make a pounding sound as they crash on to the shingle beach. There are...

  9. December 16, 2013

    Richard Strauss: Feuersnot, Carnegie Hall, New York – review

    Richard Strauss’s Feuersnot, exhumed by Leon Botstein and his American Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, is a fascinating but...

  10. October 28, 2013

    São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    As the World Cup and the Olympics draw near, Brazil is the place to be. The country’s orchestras have never previously made...

  11. September 15, 2013

    Alceste, Paris Opera (Garnier) – review

    When does a producer’s signature style move across the line to lazy repetition? In the case of Robert Wilson’s slow-motion...

  12. September 13, 2013

    Operetta: let’s hear it for the waltz king

    Operetta: for some serious music-lovers it’s long been a term of dismissal – if not actual abuse – and today it finds little...

  13. April 28, 2013

    Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Nina Stemme, Alice Tully Hall, New York – review

    Nina Stemme is widely, also justly, celebrated as the leading Wagner heroine of our day. For some reason, however, New York...

  14. March 5, 2013

    Francesca da Rimini, Metropolitan Opera, New York

    For all its romantic Sturm und Drang and all its aesthetic ambition, Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini has never been a staple...

  15. March 3, 2013

    Philharmonia/ Nelsons, Royal Festival Hall, London

    It was happy coincidence that the Philharmonia had programmed a first half of Richard Strauss for the first of its two...

  16. March 1, 2013

    A grown-up talent

    Letting out one of her hearty laughs, Elizabeth Llewellyn compares herself to a plant that has just been given fertiliser....

  17. November 2, 2012

    Soile Isokoski: Richard Strauss

    The Finnish soprano, recently announced as Glyndebourne’s Ariadne next summer, is maturing into an impressive Straussian....

  18. August 1, 2012

    Ariadne auf Naxos/Orchestra Mozart Bologna, Salzburg Festival

    It is 100 years since the disastrous premiere of Ariadne auf Naxos. The third collaboration between Richard Strauss and his...

  19. July 11, 2012

    Buxton Festival, Derbyshire, UK

    She calls him “plebeian”. He dismisses her as “disgusting”. The exchange has the flavour of soap opera or reality...

  20. May 27, 2012

    Salome, Carnegie Hall, New York

    Once every year Franz Welser-Möst and the mighty Cleveland Orchestra – emphatically his mighty Cleveland Orchestra – pretend...

  21. April 4, 2012

    A marriage of the artistic and the financial

    When Loretta Tomasi joined English National Opera, the organisation was engulfed in turmoil and its finances were rocky....

  22. 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...

  23. January 2, 2012

    Berlin Philharmonic/ Rattle/Kissin, Philharmonie Berlin

    Imagine balancing a truck on your fingertip. Something of that feeling was there when Simon Rattle launched himself upon...

  24. December 2, 2011

    Christianne Stotijn: Stimme der Sehnsucht

     Christianne Stotijn Stimme der Sehnsucht – Lieder by Pfitzner, Richard Strauss and Mahler (Onyx) Stotijn’s thoughtful...

  25. November 28, 2011

    Iconoclast who pushed at boundaries of taste and decency

    Ken Russell, the British director who died on Sunday aged 84, divided the cinema-going public like few of his...

  26. September 4, 2011

    Die Frau ohne Schatten, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

    An opera that ends with two couples singing a paean to fertility and marital harmony must be either quietly inspiring or...

  27. September 2, 2011

    A tale of two festivals

    At the end of summer I visited two very different festivals in quick succession. One has been a cultural beacon...

  28. August 2, 2011

    Die Frau ohne Schatten, Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg

    Unless you really believe women belong barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, the libretto of Richard Strauss’s sprawling Die...

  29. April 8, 2011

    Intermezzo, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

    However familiar the pages of Hello magazine may be, it is still considered bad taste for public figures to advertise their...

  30. March 23, 2011

    Edinburgh festival to honour Asian influence

    This summer’s Edinburgh International Festival will seek to build a bridge between Asia and Europe by featuring artists from...

  31. February 15, 2011

    Andrea Bocelli/Plácido Domingo, Lincoln Center, New York

    Two tenors. Two sold-out halls. Two clap-happy audiences. Two weird concerts. On Sunday, the Metropolitan Opera sponsored a...

  32. February 2, 2011

    Francesca da Rimini, Paris Opéra (Bastille)

    Roberto Alagna and Svetla Vassileva First performed in 1914 and based on Gabriele d’Annunzio’s play, Zandonai’s most famous...

  33. January 31, 2011

    Infernal Dance, RFH, London

    All things Hungarian are in fashion this year. Only a week after the double celebrations to mark Hungary’s presidency of the...

  34. January 14, 2011

    Renée Fleming/Hartmut Höll, Carnegie Hall, New York

    Renée Fleming plays by her own rules. At a time when bona-fide divas are as scarce as warm days in January, she dares to...

  35. November 16, 2010

    16. Ofra Strauss

    This profile is part of the FT’s 2010 Women at the Top ranking of 50 prominent businesswomen around the world. 16. Ofra...

  36. November 2, 2010

    Intermezzo, New York City Opera, New York

    Richard Strauss did not call Intermezzo an opera. Significantly, he called it a Bürgerliche Komödie mit sinfonischen...

  37. September 10, 2010

    The voice of experience

    At a reception following a typically barn-storming performance by the Berlin Philharmonic led by Sir Simon Rattle at the BBC...

  38. June 7, 2010

    Purists revel on summer lawns

    Opera, says the Count in Richard Strauss's Capriccio , "is an absurd thing". Orders are sung. Politics are discussed in...

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