Classical and Opera Features

Dominique Le Gendre and Yuval Zorn

by Dominic McHugh

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…



Interview: Dennis O’Neill

by Dominic McHugh

Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill can truly be called one of the operatic all-time greats. Since 1979, he’s appeared in nearly every season at the Royal...

Interview: Piotr Beczala

by Dominic McHugh

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

by Dominic McHugh

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

by Ben Hogwood

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

by Ben Hogwood

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

by Agnes Kory

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

by Dominic McHugh

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...

Interview: Rory Macdonald

by Dominic McHugh

Since becoming a member of the Royal Opera House’s Young Artists scheme in September 2004, Stirling-born conductor Rory Macdonald has assisted leading conductors Antonio Pappano...

London Concerts and Opera Preview: September-October

by Dave Paxton

After the Proms die down, things are back to normal in London, with the start of new seasons from most companies.The Royal Opera offers an...

Preview: BBC Proms 2006

by Dominic McHugh

With 90 concerts and over 120 events, the BBC Proms 2006 are the highpoint of the classical music calendar.Celebrations of the anniversaries of Mozart and...

Preview: BBC Proms 2005

by Ben Hogwood

This year the BBC Proms have reached the ‘Nelson’ figure: 111 not out, and showing signs of strengthening each year.This term there are 74 concerts...