Proms

New works at the Proms that some would rather dernière than première

11 July 2015 9:00 am

This year the Proms are to stage 21 world premières and 11 European, UK or London premières. It is good…

I fear for this year’s Proms

6 June 2015 9:00 am

As Sepp Blatter has so affectingly remarked, the organisation he formerly headed needs evolution, not revolution. There is a consensus…

Michael Tanner: Why I prefer Donizetti to Strauss

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Three operas this week, each of them named after its (anti-)heroine: one of the heroines (the most sympathetic) murders her…

Enough ‘themes’ at festivals

6 September 2014 9:00 am

One might have expected the streets of Edinburgh, especially at festival time, to bear some evidence of the political struggle…

Does Radio 3 need a new controller?

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Where next for Radio 3? Last Friday was the First Night of this year’s Proms season but it was the…

Roger Wright's legacy at Radio Three – and his one big mistake

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Roger Wright’s precipitate departure from both Radio Three and the Proms came as a surprise. At first the news was…

I could be dead soon. What should I listen to?

24 May 2014 9:00 am

If I live as long as my father, I’ll be checking out on 9 December 2017. Since every man in…

Goodbye, Claudio Abbado. You helped us glimpse eternity

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Fellini’s credo ‘the visionary is the only true realist’ could also be applied to the life of Claudio Abbado, who…

A world-class orchestra in the heart of São Paulo’s Crackland

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Damian Thompson visits Brazil to hear Marin Alsop whip São Paulo’s orchestra into shape

Mark Elder and the Hallé surpassed any other account of Parsifal that Michael Tanner has heard

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The Proms season of Wagner operas — pity they didn’t do them all; Die Meistersinger would have been specially welcome,…

Who cares if Wagner’s 200? The plague of the anniversary

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Centenaries now seem to be the only reason that publishers and concert planners do anything at all

Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage is an opera of exuberant genius — but forget about the text

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Whenever Michael Tippett’s first opera, The Midsummer Marriage, is revived, there is a chorus of voices, including mine, complaining that…

Wagner at the Proms

17 August 2013 9:00 am

It would be interesting to know why Tristan und Isolde was placed in the Proms programme in between Siegfried and…

Roger Scruton’s diary: Finding Scrutopia in the Czech Republic

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Hay-making was easy this year, and over in good time for a holiday. I am opposed to holidays, having worked…

Is this the best Ring ever?

10 August 2013 9:00 am

The first complete performance of Wagner’s Ring cycle at the Proms is already, less than a week after its conclusion,…