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