Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kaufmann's latest: a sneak preview

Be one of the first to watch Decca's sneak preview of megatenor Jonas Kaufmann's next CD, featuring verismo arias! http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3352

Friday, August 27, 2010

Mahler,Air Travel and the Age of Anxiety

1) I have a meaty piece on Mahler in today's Independent. 2) And meanwhile, a certain budget airline has been up to its old tricks again; musicians have had enough. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3346

Thursday, August 26, 2010

RIP Andrew Raeburn

Farewell to the warm and inspiring former director of the Esther Honens Piano Competition - and much more besides. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3344

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hansel, Gretel, Isolde, Sonya and Kitty

Contemporary production, contemporary opera, contemporary thinking and why I didn't dress up as a mermaid. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3335

Friday, August 20, 2010

Meet Betty Olivero

My interview with the composer Betty Olivero, whose music is being played in tomorrow's lunchtime Prom at Cadogan Hall. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3283

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Voice of Puccini

As above. Plus a few little profundities about musical understanding, and recommendations of things to hear live today. Meanwhile I'm off to Glyndebourne in the rain... http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3275

Friday, August 06, 2010

Egos and Enigmas

I have pieces out today on Elgar's Violin Concerto and Strauss's Ein Heldenleben (links are in the Standpoint post), and will be a guest commentator tonight on BBC4 about the Strauss at the Prom, so the egos are theirs and mine too. Plus Heifetz playing the Elgar... http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3271

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Russian around...

The situation re Pletnev and why I wouldn't like to be director of the Proms right now. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3263

Monday, August 02, 2010


Last and final post from the Verbier Festival: how Deborah Voigt and Valery Gergiev took on the mountains and won... http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3261

Sunday, August 01, 2010


Mostly about a La Boheme that I shall never forget - meet the future stars of opera! And some characterful snaps of things you see only in Verbier. More soon, too... http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3259