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February 24   -  

As 'The Indian Queen' opens, can Peter Sellars save the ENO?

These are grim times at English National Opera. Earlier this month the company, which occupies the London Coliseum, the capital's largest theatre, was placed in "special measures" by Arts Council England: it has two years to shape ...

February 19   -  

The age-old art of musical page turning is under threat from the accursed iPad

Sam Haywood, a leading British concert pianist, was in dazzling command of a particularly challenging piece when the chair to his left "got too close to the edge of the stage," he recalls. The unnamed woman, who had been sitting on it ...

February 16   -  

The one-armed concert pianist: Nicholas McCarthy on Britain's Got Talent and the Proms

Nicholas McCarthy does not need a Google alert to remind him when another series of Britain's Got Talent is looming – or, depending on your viewpoint – threatening. For the past few years now, the show's producers have ...

February 4   -  

Bryn Terfel interview: Britain's best-loved baritone looks back on his 'wonderful journey' through the world's greatest operas

Gods. Murderers. Dictators. Ghosts. Bryn Terfel is used to playing them all, and more. The towering bass-baritone from north Wales, who turns 50 this year, is probably the best-loved figure in British opera today: gigantic in stature and ...

January 27   -  

Will Simon Rattle take over at the LSO?

The British music world is waiting to hear whether the London Symphony Orchestra has succeeded in appointing Simon Rattle as its new music director – and waiting, and waiting. Speculation is reaching fever pitch as his sold-out London ...

January 3   -  

Lyre, lyre: Bringing 'Orfeo' to the London stage

“It’s quite a patchwork of talent, this particular production” says Michael Boyd about his new take on Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo, which looks set to be quite the opening shot in the 2015 operatic calendar. After ...

December 15   -  

Tristan and Isolde: Should an opera production be changed if audiences dislike it?

When the director Christof Loy’s production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde first opened at the Royal Opera House in 2009, some of the audience were in for a shock. /

December 15   -  

Handmade vinyl albums: Yours for £2,500

We know that vinyl is back, but now the demand for retro is leading to some extraordinary prices. As LP sales return to a level not seen for almost 20 years, a small west London vinyl-only record label is busy producing handmade limited-edition ...

December 6   -  

Matching up to Beethoven: How do today's composers answer the challenge of the classical giant?

Between the ages of 27 and 33, Beethoven wrote nine of his 10 sonatas for piano and violin. /

December 4   -  

Alice in Wonderland uncaged: ZooNation are giving Lewis Carroll the hip-hop treatment

The Royal Ballet's skylit studios at the Royal Opera House always host intense work-outs by dedicated dancers. This time, though, the walls are shaking. The ZooNation Dance Company are rehearsing its new, Lewis Carroll-inspired family show, ...
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