For the first time in the history of the Bayreuth Festival, a Jewish director staged a new production

From choirs to colliery bands, the Cumnock Tryst festival celebrates the social aspect of music

Bruckner and Mahler were very different but their epic ninth symphonies have much in common

The work of the Continent’s great composers is rooted in a culture long predating the age of revolution

Young composers are still gripped by the urge to make music, and now to break down cultural barriers

The Vienna State Opera’s orchestra is fairly paid — and never has an off-night. London players aren’t so lucky

Daniel Barenboim, 75 this year, is a rarity: a classical musician whose voice is heard by world leaders

In an era of fake reporting, the unlikely medium of opera offers a way to try to tell historical truth

The French composer failed to understand the marvel of music — that notes can convey meaning

From Mengelberg and Furtwängler to Gergiev and Dudamel, conductors have been exploited by despots