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The Independent

Kermit the frog joins the chorus – in ‘Caligula’

New opera dresses characters as kid’s favourites to portray citizens living in terror.

Glyndebourne – Singing for their supper

Tickets for Glyndebourne aren’t cheap but the festival is continuing to attract visitors with a seductive, world-class programme that plays it safe.

The LA Times

Los Angeles Philharmonic’s ‘Don Giovanni’ stars the music

The opera, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and with design by Frank Gehry and Laura and Kate Mulleavy, is a semi-stage production.

The NY Times

The Corner of Falstaff and Zerbinetta

The Metropolitan Opera has 1,024 identically framed images on its Wall of Fame.

The Financial Times

World class

Formed via YouTube, the Aldeburgh World Orchestra is comprised of instrumentalists from more than 30 countries.

ArtsJournal – Slipped disc

Laura van Heijden, 15, wins BBC Young Musician

A Sussex cellist – half-Dutch, half-Swiss – ran away tonight with the career-making BBC Young Musician of the Year, cresting to triumph on the Walton concerto.

Leipzig opens 5km composer walk

As of this weekend, you can follow the trail of all the great composers who were born, studied, lived and worked in Leipzig.


Jonathan Dove to write work based on Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

Nobel Peace prize-winner and Burmese political activist Aung San Suu Kyi is to be the subject of a new work by British composer Jonathan Dove, commissioned as part of BBC Radio 3’s Portraits Day.



(Written on May 14, 2012 )

The Independent

Stuart Skelton: One man, two tenors

The Austrian heldentenor tells Anna Picard about cigars, being an ‘aryan hunk’, and the secret of singing in two places at once.

The legendary, and tragic, voice of a generation at war

Contralto Kathleen Ferrier was born 100 years ago. Jessica Duchen celebrates a very British love affair.

Conductor in hospital after fall

The world-famous conductor Kurt Masur is recovering in hospital.

The Guardian

The five myths about contemporary classical music

Contemporary classical music is devoid of melody and appeal, all noise and no fun. At least, that’s the cliche.


Capturing personality through music

BBC Radio 3 and National Portrait Gallery unveil Portraits Day.

Christie’s auctions Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin bow for record amount

Sale formed part of the company’s ‘Artistry of the Bow’ auction on April 26.

LA Times

Opera couples debate dual role as lover and colleague

Singers who are linked offstage sees pros and cons of working together on stage.

Jessica Duchen

Kathleen Ferrier – and the Kathleen Ferrier Award

Last night at the Wigmore Hall, the Kathleen Ferrier Awards for young singers held its finals.

(Written on April 30, 2012 )