[Daily Telegraph, 26 Feb 05]
Whether conducting early music or Bartók, Nikolaus Harnoncourt says his job is to tell orchestras not just what to do, but why. He talks to Geoffrey Norris
It is the day before the opening night. Zurich is agog for the new production of Monteverdi’s opera L’incoronazione di Poppea, but there is a snag. The Poppea has gone sick. A new one has had to be flown in from Frankfurt, and in only a matter of hours has had to be acclimatised to the radical staging and familiarised with the edition of the score that Zurich Opera is using.
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