Features Index

Anthony Michaels-Moore

by Dominic McHugh

A witty conversationalist and modest interlocutor, baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore’s real-life persona could hardly be further from that of the character he’s about to play at…



Great Performers 2007-2008


With the Royal Festival Hall threatening to finally reopen in June of this year, its competitors must work especially hard to attract both audiences and...

Preview: Opera In The UK 2007


Antonio Pappano in the pit and a high-octane cast including Eva Maria-Westbroek, Bryn Terfel and Placido Domingo gracing the boards, anticipation is sky high (from...

Preview: Concerts in the UK 2007


One of the joys of living in London is that you can go out almost every night of the year and see world-class music-making. Londoners...

John Fulljames


John Fulljames is the Artistic Director of the middle-scale touring company The Opera Group, which is gaining a reputation for exciting and accessible productions of...

Felicity Palmer


Mezzo-soprano Felicity Palmer is one of the most respected and admired opera singers of the past three decades, her vivid performing style, pronounced acting ability...

Sarah Chang


Sarah Chang is the classic child prodigy, beginningto play the violin at the age of four, performing withmajor orchestras by the age of eight.While mostviolinists...

Classical Review of the Year 2006


2006 was the year of the big anniversary, as orchestras and opera houses went head to head in celebrating the 250th and 100th birthdays of,...

Francesca Zambello


American opera and theatre director Francesca Zambello’s productions have been seen the world over.From La bohme in the round at the Royal Albert Hall to...

Will Todd


It’s been a busy year for composer Will Todd, his projects including an off-Broadway musical, an opera world premiere at Gateshead and another for Welsh...

Classical and Opera Preview: November-December 2006


The clocks have turned back and winter’s here.But there’s no need to despair: some of London’s best concerts and opera productions might just help you...

Milka Ternina Exhibition


If there is such a thing as the ‘ideal Tosca’, the name that springs to mind is that of Maria Callas. Less familiar to those...

Katie van Kooten


American soprano Katie van Kooten has benefited from her time on the Royal Opera’s Young Artists Programme even more than most.Back in November 2004, only...

Steve Reich


When the musical style known as Minimalism began to take hold in thelate 1960s it would have seemed almost inconceivable that, 40 years on,whole weekends...

Dominique Le Gendre and Yuval Zorn


A special excitement is gathering around the Royal Opera’s next production it’s the world premiere of an opera that has been several years in development.Bird...

Piotr Beczala


In recent seasons, Piotr Beczala has appeared as the Italian Tenor in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, both to...

Kurt Streit


American tenor Kurt Streit is something of a rarity in the opera world: he is both a specialist in a particular repertoire (Mozart) and a...

BBC Symphony Orchestra: 2006-7 Season Preview


Jiri Belohlavek’s first full season as chief conductor of the BBCSymphony Orchestra shows promise in a series of concerts that reaffirms theensembles commitment to contemporary...

Shostakovich at 100


Monday, 25th September will mark the exact centenary of the birth ofDmitri Shostakovich, who has latterly become one of the most influentialand most performed composers...

Classical Music in Budapest: Summer 2006


This was not the most ideal time to sample musical life in Hungary as the summer holiday period was still not quite over.Nevertheless, there was...

John Tomlinson


The leading Wotan of his generation, Sir John Tomlinson has sung at Bayreuth every year since 1988 and has appeared regularly at the two London...