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

A unique festival brings great musicians working for nothing to a city increasingly starved of culture

The referendum result poses risks — but also a chance to break the dependency culture of the arts

The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is accident prone but a worthy successor to Horowitz and Richter

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