Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht

Peter Gelb cannot fill New York’s opera house. Can it be saved from terminal decline?

Ferruccio Busoni’s music embodied European unity yet the anniversary of his birth passed without notice

The life force has vanished from the capital’s classical music scene in recent years. Who is to blame?

Pierre Boulez was convinced the world needed to change — and that he was the man to change it

After fifty years as a music critic, I finally made it to La Scala. What was I missing? Everything

The passion and dedication at OrchKids, a Baltimore version of El Sistema, cannot fix a broken city

A performance of a modern Israeli classic in a run-down German city put the world’s woes in perspective

Shunned for his politics, Christian Thielemann reveals more than he intended in a book about Wagner

This summer’s dumbing down is just the prelude to ditching everything this great festival stands for

The rustbelt city’s orchestra is reinventing its networking role. No wonder Chicago is jealous