How we made: Ivan Fischer and Tom Randle on ENO’s The Magic Flute

Interviews by Imogen Tilden. “When English National Opera asked me to conduct Mozart’s Magic Flute in 1988, I said I’d do it with [director] Nick Hytner but nobody else. I’d been involved in many productions of the opera before, and I told Nick and designer Bob Crowley at our first meeting that I always wished […]

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Teodora Gheorghiu: There’s no magic to opera singing

As Teodora Gheorghiu prepares to sing in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne, she tells Rupert Christiansen how she overcame an illness that threatened her career. It may only be something they put in the water, but over the last century or so Romania has produced an extraordinary succession of velvety lyric sopranos: notable names in this […]

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JOHN TAVENER: His final interview

Just before his death the great maverick composer John Tavener, who played at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, told Ivan Hewett how he had previously cheated death many times. “You know, my consultant keeps telling me sudden death could come at any moment,” says John Tavener with a sudden, mischievous laugh. It’s a […]

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Pavarotti versus Corelli: who’s really king of the high Cs in Il Trovatore? Judge for yourself

From the archives Tim Wong writes: I grew up listening to a recording of Verdi’s Il Trovatore my father bought. It’s the Franco Corelli version with Thomas Schippers conducting. I was instantly captivated by his heroic style and especially how he threw himself into the aria Di quella pira. In an extremely silly plot, it’s […]

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Bryn Terfel: ‘I’d like to sing Citizen Kane’

  One day, Bryn Terfel’s eldest son fell asleep at the opera. It was during the first act of Welsh National Opera’s 2010 production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Cardiff. Only when his father came on and started singing as Hans Sachs, did he awaken. “My first line woke him up. He apparently […]

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KIRI TE KANAWA: At the BBC

The charismatic New Zealand soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa looks back at her life in song through forty years of classic performances from the BBC archives, from her first TV performance on The Harry Secombe Show in 1971 to her appearances on Top of the Pops to sing the rugby anthem World in Union in […]

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BETH HART: The Interview

Blues in Britain writes: Here’s the unexpurgated extended version of the interview with Beth Hart from this month’s magazine: Platinum-selling singer Beth Hart was in London to promote Don’t Explain, her album of soul covers with Joe Bonamassa. She spoke to Moray Stuart of Blues In Britain about that, her career so far and her […]

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NICK CAVE: Morose? I’m just getting started’ – Nick Cave loses patience during Twitter Q&A with fans

Nick Clark writes ….. Many musicians see social networking sites as an ideal way to get closer to fans and drum up publicity for albums and concerts. Nick Cave is not one of those musicians. The 55-year old, described as having “one of the most extraordinary careers in the annals of pop music,” was dragged […]

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THE WHO: Roger Daltrey bemoans lack of new musical ‘movements’

The rock veteran Roger Daltrey has lamented the absence of musical “movements”. He said: “Here we are with the world in the state it is in, and we’ve got One Direction.” The Who frontman, who along with Pete Townshend is due to perform a series of shows marking the band’s 50th anniversary, told the Mail […]

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PRINCE: Tony Besgrove’s Pick of the Day – Purple Rain – Prince

Updated with new links 21/06/18 Many Prince You Tube videos get taken down pretty quickly, but for the moment you can view the performance at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8raPqu-6Gw and for those in a hurry a crudely edited truncated version of the guitar solo may be seen at:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANn8Y1p-DfA. —//— The first time I saw this performance on […]

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How to crowdsource a symphony?

Originally published 2013 Can music repair damaged tissue? Is it possible to hear it through another person’s ears? If anyone knows, it’s Tod Machover. As he prepares to create an innovative symphony for Edinburgh, Charlotte Higgins meets the music professor. The producer of 50 Nobel laureates, and the academic home of Tim Berners-Lee and Noam […]

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WALTER TROUT: The Craig Hunter Ross interview

  To many, Walter Trout is a contemporary guitar legend and his guitar prowess, prolific recordings and non-stop tour schedule provide more than ample evidence to support the claim. As member of Canned Heat and having spent several years with John Mayall’s BluesBreakers, Trout has also supported numerous masterful musicians throughout his several decades on […]

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