Wagner

Both sides are missing the point in the row over Dana Schutz’s painting

3 April 2017 15:00

‘Let the people see what I have seen’, said the mother of Emmett Till. In 1955 her son, a 14-year-old…

I’m sick of productions like the Met’s Tristan und Isolde

10 October 2016 12:07

Tristan und Isolde Met Opera Live I am sick to death of productions of Tristan und Isolde which leave me…

To call it ‘provincial’ would be an insult to the provinces: Bayreuth Festival’s Parsifal reviewed

10 August 2016 17:08

Parsifal Bayreuth Festival, until 28 August In the days leading up to this year’s Bayreuth Festival, Bavaria was rocked by a…

Longborough’s Tannhäuser is a major relief after ENO’s abysmal Tristan

16 June 2016 15:36

Tannhäuser Longborough Festival Opera, until 18 June The Longborough phenomenon continues, indeed if anything gets more remarkable each year. This…

The Met’s Tannhäuser is outstanding – despite a vast and expressionless leading man

4 November 2015 16:13

This was a superb, thrilling performance, chiefly thanks to James Levine and his amazing orchestra – he got a tremendous…

Why you should listen to the great pianist who gave in to the Nazis

1 May 2015 11:12

Alfred Cortot (1877-1962) was in my opinion the greatest pianist in recorded history. If I had to give one reason…

Michael Tanner’s five least objectionable opera performances of 2014

30 December 2014 12:12

1. Khovanskygate A typically brilliant and wayward production by the Birmingham Opera Company of this unfollowable opera, with stupendous choral singing…

The Spectator at war: Bayreuth on the eve of war

23 August 2014 8:00

The Spectator, 22 August 1914: Inter arma silent Musae; but Bayreuth on the eve of the war showed very few…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

14 June 2013 18:01

Sir Alfred Munnings lived his life in true bohemian style, ‘carousing with gypsies and horse-trainers, living rough and constantly on…