Features Index

Vermeer & Music: The Art of Love & Leisure @ The National Gallery, London

by Melanie Eskenazi

The National Gallery’s Summer Exhibition is a wonderful bringing together of Dutch art and the music which inspired many of its subjects; not only will…



Preview: Wigmore Hall 2013-14


Wigmore Hall’s bold 2013-14 programme brings outstanding artists and compelling programmes to the world’s greatest chamber music venue. Yes, that did read “the world’s” –...

Spotlight: International Opera Awards 2013


Kaufmann, Frankfurt Opera, Pappano and Stemme shine in the inaugural ‘Opera Oscars’

Preview: BBC Proms 2013


This year’s Proms Festival, which runs for two months from July 12th – September 7th, continues the tradition of bringing the best of classical music...

Obituary: Sir Colin Davis


The doyen of British orchestral players and classical audiences, and a totem figure revered by many students and practitioners of his craft, the conductor Sir...

Preview: Elizabeth Connell Memorial Concert


The great dramatic soprano Elizabeth Connell, who died aged 65 in 2012, is fondly remembered for a striking variety of roles. Between 1975 and 1980...

Preview: Glyndebourne encourages audiences to “see opera differently” in 2013


Of course, those sheep are a major draw, not to mention the views, the teas, the dresses, the gardens, the friendliest front of house staff...

Glyndebourne: A New Opera For The Digital Age


Anyone who has not been to Glyndebourne, perhaps put off by the ‘champagne and country gardens’ image – not to mention the cost – will...

Preview: BBC Proms 2012


This had to be a special Proms season, and so it is; when you’re competing with the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics, you need a...

Preview: Garsington Opera 2012


Rivalling Glyndebourne in beauty and in style, the Getty family estate at Wormsley, with the wonderful new pavilion giving spectacular views across the Chilterns, is...

Master Class


If Terrence McNallys play, Master Class, feels just as fresh and relevant as it did when it premiered nearly twenty years ago, it is not...

Wigmore Hall Learning


In my 19 year old sons photo album, compiled when he was eight, there is a photo proudly captioned ME on the STAGE of the...

Preview: Salzburg Festival 2012


An embarrassment of riches the phrase is over-used, but what else to call a Festival which features performances from Anna Netrebko, Magdalena Kozena, Andreas Scholl,...

Wigmore Hall Live wins Gramophone


Launched as recently as 2005, the Wigmores own label has risen above strong competition from much longer established studio labels, to win this much coveted...

Les Arts Florissants


Claudio Monteverdi has had several significant anniversaries in the decade, notably the 400th anniversaries of his opera Orfeo and the Vespers of the Blessed Virgin...

The Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition


Clifford Curzon said that there is no greater or more touching pleasure than giving a young and beautiful talent a little lift in the direction...

Helene Schneiderman


Although shes lived in Germany since the 1980s, the mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman talks with an enthusiasm and openness thats still very American, reflecting her origins...

Preview: BBC Proms 2011


Lang Lang, by now surely qualifying as a Proms regular, having played here four times, has called the Last Night of the Proms probably the...

Raymond Aceto


Raymond Aceto welcomes me warmly into his dressing room at the Royal Opera House. What immediately impresses me about Raymond, aside from his sonorous speaking...

Freddy Kempf in Canterbury


In these straitened economic times its both heartening and remarkable to be able to write about the imminent opening of a new Arts venue: the...

Glyndebourne Festival Opens with a difference


The 2011 Glyndebourne Festival opens on May 21st, with a new production of Wagners Die Meistersinger von Nrnberg and goes on to present, among other...