Classical and Opera Features

Simon Keenlyside

by Simon Thomas

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

by Simon Thomas

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...

Obituary: Luciano Pavarotti, 1935-2007

by Keith McDonnell

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,...

BBC Proms 2007: Week Five preview

by Ben Hogwood

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

by Ben Hogwood

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

by Ben Hogwood

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

by Simon Thomas

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...

BBC Proms Week Eight : Preview

by Ben Hogwood

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...

Patrizia Ciofi

by musicOMH

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

by Ben Hogwood

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

by Simon Thomas

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

by Ben Hogwood

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

by Ben Hogwood

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

by Ben Hogwood

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

by Dave Paxton

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

Thomas Allen

by Simon Thomas

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...

Edinburgh Festival 2007

by Dave Paxton

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...

Preview: Buxton Festival 2007

by Dave Paxton

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

by musicOMH

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,...

Erwin Schrott

by musicOMH

Devilishly handsome with a voice that can charm the most demanding of critics, the young Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott has become something of a sensation...