The Royal Albert Hall.
At the Proms: Stockhausen and Wagner
By Alexandra Coghlan - 15 August 9:20

Jeffrey Skidmore and Daniel Barenboim rise to the formidable challenge of staging Stockhausen and Wagner at The Proms.

Verbier.
Verbier's 20th anniversary: a festival of encounters and collisions
By Alexandra Coghlan - 14 August 12:47

The Swiss Verbier Festival does epic, polyphonous music well - but it's real gift is for intimate chamber recitals.

Sam Coomes of Quasi: "The internet has demystified the idea of being in a band"
By Yo Zushi - 12 August 11:35

The Quasi front man on two decades in indie rock, noise and the coming apocalypse.

Angelika Kauffman Hall.
Schubertiade: The hills are alive in Schwarzenberg
By Geoffrey Wheatcroft - 07 August 11:19

The annual Schubertiade festival is held annual to celebrate the music of Franz Schubert. This year there was plenty to enjoy, but also cause to be concerned about the future.

Review: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
By Tara Isabella Burton - 06 August 13:47

A musical adaptation of <em>War and Peace</em> could easily have become sprawlingly shallow. But director Rachel Chavkin and writer-composer David Malloy are unafraid to let Tolstoyan complexity play out onstage.

Akala.
Akala: "Hip-hop is a modern day minstrel show"
By Joe Collin - 06 August 10:00

Akala’s "Hip-Hop History Live": an exploration of black history like no other I've seen before.

Sonya Tamazovna, Lika Barabadze and another member of the company.
The Muteli Monologues: feminism and activism converge in Georgian theatre
By Tara Isabella Burton - 29 July 15:37

The first complete Georgian-language production of Eve Ensler's feminist performance piece <em>The Vagina Monologues</em> caused substantial controversy. Tara Isabella Burton meets two of the women behind it.

Circle Mirror Transformation rehearsals.
Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation is every inch a modern classic
By Matt Trueman - 28 July 13:00

A wise first choice for the Royal Court's new artistic director Vicky Featherstone.

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger turns 70 today – which begs the question, where have all the front men gone?
By Joe Collin - 26 July 10:49

Whatever happened to the charismatic, effeminate, mysterious frontman?

Burt Bacharach.
Burt Bacharach is a direct line to a lost musical world
By Kate Mossman - 18 July 8:45

The effect of seeing Bacharach live at the Royal Festival hall was to be hit by more top-40 songs that you'd think a single act could be capable of producing.

Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth: A masterful portrayal of a murderer
By Jason Cowley - 18 July 7:00

The Kenneth Branagh/Rob Ashford production of <em>Macbeth</em> for the Manchester International Festival presents an enthralling portrait of sickening, desire-fuelled ambition.

New Statesman
Baroque and roll: Exquisite frustrations and lurid vulgarity
By Alexandra Coghlan - 17 July 11:13

Alexandra Coghlan reviews <em>Hippolyte et Aricie</em> and <em>La rondine</em>.

The cast.
Sam Mendes's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The show lacks the one thing that redeems Charlie - his imagination
By Andrew Billen - 04 July 15:00

Willy Wonka, like God, supplies temptation to his children and punishes them if they fail to resist it. Sam Mendes's crime is a failure of imagination.

Returning Britten's dark social parable Peter Grimes to the sea
By Alexandra Coghlan - 03 July 10:43

With the Aldeburgh Festival's production of Peter Grimes on the Beach, director Tim Albery has created a site-specific opera that avoids cliché to provide an allusive blur of fact and fiction.

BBC Proms.
An obsession with composers' birthdays is turning our orchestras into state-funded tribute bands
By Andrew Mellor - 02 July 10:29

2013 was an easy one for festival programmers. Wagner, Verdi and Britten all have major anniversaries this year. But doesn't organising a festival around something as arbitrary as a composer's birthday undermine the fundamental value of the work?

Rihanna’s victim-diva complex
By Kate Mossman - 27 June 8:39

Six months ago Rihanna looked like she was losing it, and now she looks to be in complete control.

The cast of Hard Feelings in action, which has been revived at the Finborough fo
Acting out the metaphor of money
By Matt Trueman - 27 June 8:04

Matt Trueman reviews three productions which deal with the idea of cold, hard cash.

Christopher Purves as Walt Disney in The Perfect American.
Reviewed: The Perfect American and Eugene Onegin
By Alexandra Coghlan - 26 June 16:18

Alexandra Coghlan assesses the English National Opera's production of <em>The Perfect American</em> and Grange Park Opera's <em>Eugene Onegin.</em>

Reviewed: The Importance of Being Earnest and Gloriana
By Alexandra Coghlan - 26 June 15:32

Alexandra Coghlan explores two very different productions that share a certain whimsical aesthetic: <em>The Importance of Being Earnest</em> and <em>Gloriana</em>.

New Statesman
Lindsey Stirling, dancing dubstep violinist, is the prototype of a fully interactive pop star
By Kate Mossman - 21 June 14:50

The violin was the start of modern music celebrity - Lindsey Stirling is following in the footsteps of Paganini, Nigel Kennedy and Vanessa Mae.

Sarah Silverman.
I'm sick of hearing female comics censoring themselves - jokes are weapons to be used in battle
By Sarah Fisch - 19 June 11:00

On how I went to a all-female comedy night raising funds for women's charities - and it was awkward, but needn't have been.

Lez Miserable: "Here's my second coming out: I hate music festivals"
By Eleanor Margolis - 18 June 9:29

Live music is great. But you know what's also great? Bands not sounding like they’re shouting into saucepans.

Benjamin Britten.
Notes from a cardiologist: Unravelling the mystery of Benjamin Britten’s heart
By Hywel Davies - 14 June 9:00

Cardiologist Hywel Davies describes the origins of the syphilis claim from Paul Kildea's biography of Benjamin Britten, which began as an "ordinary conversation" in a colleague's house in the late 1980s.

Why does opera have to have so many Wagnerian Nazis and smug anachronisms?
By Alexandra Coghlan - 13 June 10:40

Alexandra Coghlan reviews new productions of La donna del lago and Ariadne auf Naxos.

Principal dancers Evgeny Ivanchenko and Ekaterina Kondaurova try out the 3D spec
Swan Lake live in 3D: a cheap seat at the Mariinsky Theatre
By Caroline Crampton - 11 June 11:19

Watching Swan Lake through 3D glasses might feel strange at first, but the Mariinsky Theatre's live 3D broadcast from St Petersburg provides an affordable way to go to the ballet in Russia.

Burt Bacharach.
Cut-price popster or noble sentamentalist? A beginner's guide to Burt Bacharach
By George Chesterton - 05 June 9:00

Burt Bacharach’s songs have an inconvenient habit of catching even the most committed cynic unawares and leaving them – about three minutes later – blubbing like the mother of the bride. How does he do it?

Brendan Titley, Alan Cumming and Jenny Sterlin on stage in New York.
Alan Cumming's Macbeth: Dark desires on Broadway
By Tara Isabella Burton - 31 May 12:01

The promise of a one-man Macbeth, particularly as performed by such a winkingly self-aware performer as Alan Cumming, is rife with the potential for self-indulgence. Yet the chilling motif of a minimalist asylum ward is used to illuminate how definitively

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