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February 7   -  

Chevalier de Saint-Georges: The man who got under Mozart's skin

Was Chevalier de Saint-Georges, 'the Black Mozart' and the composer's nemesis, the inspiration for The Magic Flute's most villainous character

February 2   -  

How Marin Alsop's classes for young women conductors are changing the face of the profession

It's all about being powerful without apologising for it, she tells Jessica Duchen

January 12   -  

Does London need a new concert hall? The virtues of the Barbican Hall have been overlooked

Sir Simon Rattle wants a brand new, acoustically perfect concert hall for London. But Michael Church watched him perform at the Barbican on Sunday and the sound was flawless

January 1   -  

The Must-Sees of 2016: Classical and Opera from Baroque Unwrapped to Kronos Quartet

The critics' guide to the hottest tickets of the year ahead

December 15   -  

Best classical and opera of 2015: Five top performances and one turkey from Saul at Glyndebourne to Poliuto

Highlights of the year, plus one that didn't live up to the hype

November 23   -  

Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana: Smelled any good operas lately?

The Royal Opera's production of 'Cav and Pag' could take audience involvement to a new level

November 10   -  

Georg Friedrich Haas on 'Morgen und Abend': 'I don't do melodies'

'Expect soundscapes, not harmonies', says the composer of his Covent Garden premiere.

November 8   -  

Calixto Bieito interview: Opera director on the inspiration behind his bloody new take on Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny'

Bieito has been likened to radical film directors such as Quentin Tarantino or Pedro Almodovar

September 15   -  

Max Richter's 'Sleep': The longest continuous piece of music broadcast by the BBC

When composers unveil new works, they do not generally want the audience to nod off. Not so Max Richter. The intention behind his latest piece, Sleep – which is eight hours long – is that his listeners should slumber peacefully ...

September 1   -  

Chineke! Europe's first professional orchestra of black and minority ethnic musicians launches

When the Chineke! Orchestra steps on to the Queen Elizabeth Hall platform on 13 September, the audience should notice something unusual. One of those uncomfortable truths about classical music is that most symphony orchestras in Europe still ...
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