No wonder he was widely considered the finest conductor of his day, he was certainly the best-loved of them all, writes Jessica Duchen
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The Ig Nobel prize winners have been announced, with stargazing dung beetles, penis amputations and rodent guzzling recognised in an award ceremony that celebrates the sillier side of scientific research.
While the big companies trundle out their hackneyed revivals, British Youth Opera ploughs its own furrow, first with a large-scale production of Britten’s “Paul Bunyan”, now with Domenico Cimarosa’s “The Secret Marriage”, an 18th century opera buffa which no major English company has staged in recent memory.
American mezzo-soprano dedicates performance of 'Over the Rainbow' to LGBT community
Commissioned to celebrate the coronation of the present Queen, Gloriana was a rare flop for Benjamin Britten. Its story of silly, handsome Robert Devereux’s ascent and descent in the affections of the ageing Elizabeth I is doubly hampered by the Tudorbethan argot of William Plomer’s libretto and the composer’s garish orchestration of John Dowland’s lute songs. For every moment of beauty and brilliance, there is another of thumb-twiddling banality.
Tributes have poured in for Sir Colin Davis, the longest-serving principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), who has died at the age of 85.
His achievement was all the more remarkable for the fact that he was born with cerebral palsy
Her portrayal of Tosca in the 1970s was described by one critic as 'valiant and touching'
Hollywood A-listers jet in to add sparkle to Vienna's annual event with an image problem
Destination: Milk International. This week plans were announced to rename San Francisco's airport after the gay rights activist and politician, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978 while serving as a city supervisor.
The message for Syrians was clear: the army is the bedrock of power
Northern Ireland Opera toured with the unsettling adaptation of the Henry James ghost story, and Simon Rattle thrilled us again
From candlelit concerts to the famous King’s College Choir, we pick the best of this year’s celebrations of song