Classical Music

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

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

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

The great cellist Yo-Yo Ma at 60 is still phenomenal

Beethoven set the bar impossibly high but composers like myself still regard it as the ultimate challenge

When it comes to summer festival opera, Britain tends to get it right

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

Composers who try to create culture in a vacuum will struggle to be heard by a hostile public

Sir Malcolm Arnold’s oeuvre, too often dismissed as “light” music, deserves rehabilitation