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by musicOMH

“This is the sort of house you dream about” Ludovic Tzier says, “From the guy at the main entrance to the boss, they all make…



Obituary: Luciano Pavarotti, 1935-2007


Luciano Pavarotti, or Fat Lucy as he was affectionately known, as the world’s most instantly recognizable opera singer, has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer,...

Wagner on Screen at the BFI


If, like Bryn Terfel, you won’t be spending great swathes of October at the Royal Opera House for The Ring, you might want to get...

Simon Keenlyside


Actor Laurence Olivier once catalogued the injuries he had received during a lifetime of physically demanding stage performances. It was a long list which involved...

THE RING AND I


One of the first opera visits I ever made was to see Reginald Goodall’s Ring at English National Opera in the mid seventies. It was...

BBC Proms Week Eight : Preview


The last few weeks of the Proms seem to scurry past like the finale in a Beethoven symphony. And this year is no different, though...

BBC Proms 2007: Week Five preview


The Scandinavian anniversary composers get more of a look-in as the Proms, now fully into its stride, begins to extend a welcoming arm to European...

BBC Proms 2007: Week Seven preview


The temperature of the Proms has risen appreciably with some stunning recent concerts from visiting orchestras. By the look of the week ahead, there are...

BBC Proms 2007: Week Six preview


Another week, another starry collection at the Proms – and this without Maxim Vengerov, who has sadly had to pull out of his scheduled late...

The Chelsea Schubert Festival: 7-21 September


Hugo Shirley and Andrew O’Brien met in 2000 when they were working in a record shop and this meeting of like minds led on to...

Edinburgh Festival 2007


On its 60th anniversary, the Edinburgh International Festival is long established as one of the highlights of the British cultural year. Jonathan Mills, in his...

Thomas Allen


What is striking about Sir Thomas Allen on meeting him is his passion. A few days before the opening night of his “umpteenth” Cos fan...

Patrizia Ciofi


I bow to the convention of opera interviews in reporting that Patrizia Ciofi arrives in true diva style: fifteen minutes late, but that’s really as...

BBC Proms 2007: Week Four preview


BBC orchestras feature heavily in the Proms festival’s fourth week, which has a distinctly bread and butter’ feel to it in terms of repertoire. Don’t...

Swiss Paradise: Menuhin Festival, Gstaad


Gstaad, famous as a fashionable winter resort, is idyllically situated at 1,050 metres above sea level, in the Swiss Alps.The town has played host every...

BBC Proms 2007: Week One preview


Yes, it really is that time of year again – the sun may be yet to make a prolonged appearance in the English summer, but...

BBC Proms 2007: Week Three preview


Strike up the band – it’s time for brass at this year’s Proms – a whole day of it, in fact! If you either play...

BBC Proms 2007: Week Two preview


A jamboree, two substantial sacred works, an opera, two attractive concerts of French music and a premiere – all dishes on the menu as the...

Paul Potts


Hero worship is nothing new in the annals of classical music – a world of flaunting superstars and lonely, adoring followers. In his book The...

Preview: Buxton Festival 2007


Buxton is one of the gems of the Peak District and its opera house one of the loveliest in England. Yes, the 2007 Festival boasts...

Toby Spence


Toby Spence doesn’t look like an opera star. Athletically built, with spiky blond hair, he actually looks more like a surfer (which he is, incidentally,...