Culture
02 April 2007
Philip Glass, who turned 70 in January this year, has his ears attuned to frequencies too high-pitched for most of us:...
Music and Performance
26 February 2007
The Age of Reason needed outposts where irrationality could be studied and perhaps admired: the insane asylum was one,...
Culture
22 January 2007
In the 1970s, as New York staggered towards bankruptcy, the Metropolitan Opera made a desperate plea to prospective...
22 January 2007
The American mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who died last summer at the age of 52, had a light inside her. It...
Music and Performance
18 December 2006
Monteverdi invented music drama, and in Combattimento (Virgin) Emmanuelle Haïm, as conductor, daringly invites Rolando...
Music and Performance
11 December 2006
Opera often borrows characters from myth - witches such as Medea, militant saviours such as Siegfried - but seldom...
Music and Performance
20 November 2006
Is anything sadder than a satire that has outlived its usefulness, its bite blunted, its venom turned syrupy? That, for...
Music and Performance
16 October 2006
Opera is a blood sport: its duets are duels, and high notes - especially those of the strutting, swaggering Peruvian...
Culture
09 October 2006
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a billion dollars must be in need of art. Culture...
Culture
18 September 2006
Anne Sofie von Otter is a Swedish mezzo-soprano whose shape-changing puts Proteus to shame. I have seen her as a...
Music and Performance
18 September 2006
From Monteverdi's Nero to Verdi's Attila, opera has a long line of strutting, frothing, lethally ill-tempered tyrants....
Culture
14 August 2006
In 1936, homesick despite the rewards of his life as a cosmopolitan virtuoso, Prokofiev returned to live in the country...
Music and Performance
24 July 2006
Music adores its martyrs, two of whom have anniversaries this year: Mozart, born in 1756, and Dmitry Shostakovich, born...
Culture
23 August 2004
Nowadays we graze rather than feast, and opera companies have caught up with our fickle habits by presenting a...
Music and Performance
19 July 2004
Opera began in 1607 when La Musi-ca, at the start of Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo, descended from heaven to harmonise...

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