Laurent Pelly on Glyndebourne’s Ravel Double Bill

The Glyndebourne Festival highlight this year could be the Ravel double bill – L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilËges. Laurent Pelly directs. Anyone who saw his brilliant Humperdinck Hansel…

Exquisite Juxtapositions : Ian Bostridge, Wigmore Hall

Although John Cage’s Seven Haiku for piano are all about chance and accident, this final concert in Ian Bostridge’s Ancient and Modern series was a masterpiece of meticulous planning and…

Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Daniel Barenboim, BBC Prom 18

Few composers seem as remote and yet as necessary to our age as Beethoven, and perhaps the symphonic Beethoven in particular. Irony is a foreign word to him; blazing affirmation…

Pierre Boulez : Le marteau sans maÓtre BBC Proms

Pierre Boulez Le marteau sans maÓtre is important as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, says conductor FranÁois-Xavier Roth, who conducted it with members of the West-Eastern Divan…

Hector Berlioz, Les Troyens (concert performance, BBC Proms)

Hearing The Trojans in concert at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Proms was, for me at least, a much happier experience than when it laboured under the…

Rossini Il viaggio a Reims, Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists programme is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their annual Summer Performance.

David et Jonathas at the Aix Festival

Rare, very rare repertory that is not even opera stole the show at the sixty fourth Aix Festival.

Le Nozze di Figaro in Aix-en-Provence

You pay your money, you takes your chances — that is festival life at its best. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t. The fun is in the risk,…

Christoph PrÈgardien, Wigmore Hall

Seriousness, elegance and insight characterised this recital of nineteenth-century German song in which Christoph PrÈgardien and his accompanist, Julius Drake, conducted a moving musical dialogue, perfectly matching each other in…

Florida Grand Opera Appoints New Artistic Administrator

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