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In the forty years since Pierre Boulez became the enfant terrible of Bayreuth, the shift in focus in the operatic world has been greater than at any time in the...
Sir Charles Mackerras talks about Dvořák and Martinů’s The Greek Passion Sir Charles Mackerras greets me most affably. Although he conducts a wide repertoire, he’s especially associated with Czech music:...
John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple Reflections on the North American première New York, 24 July 2004 New York's extremely secular Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center was turned...
Daniel Barenboim talks about the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and his friend Edward Said I phone Daniel Barenboim in Seville, the summer residence of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which he, an...
A report on Stage One Held in the resonant Great Hall of Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1, and the Barbican Hall, this is a new biennial competition for aspiring...
Interview with Michael Berkeley about the Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition; he is a Patron of the Competition and has written a test piece. A new competition for violinists is...
Baritone Daniel Belcher is friendly, confident and outgoing. The stuff of an opera singer! We’re talking Mozart, specifically his opera Cosi fan tutte, which graces the Barbican’s Mostly Mozart festival...
The disappointment of the annual rejection from the Kartenbüro of Bayreuth (the letter that always kicks off with “We regret that due to overwhelming demand…” and goes on to inform...
Risor Chamber Music Festival 22-27 June 2004 If there were Olympic medals for Music Festivals, the Risor Kammermusikkfest would win Gold and would surely win it by an old Norwegian...
A new London concert-hall and a new home for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is announced People are used to attending Book Launches but rather less so to attending one of...
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