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The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera's production of Guillaume Tell caused an uproar at the première and has caused a great deal of comment since. David Karlin argues that director Damiano Michieletto failed by succeeding too well.
Voice competitions attract singers like moths to a flame, but what can they hope to achieve by competing and how great are the dangers of getting their wings burnt?
2015 - 16 SEASON PREVIEWS: May and June are the months when orchestras and opera houses announce their new seasons. Read Bachtrack's highlights here.
Santa Fe Opera's 2015 season comprises five new productions, including the world première of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain. The operas span the old and the new, the famous and the less familiar, the scandalous and the light hearted.
Political intrigues in exotic settings lie at the heart of three new productions at Deutsche Oper next season, headed by a rare outing for Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine in its original version, as left by the composer, under the title Vasco de Gama.
After a season focusing on Schubert’s symphonies, Philippe Jordan and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra turn to Beethoven and Bartók.
Fire and ice. When the cool, steely tone of Joshua Bell ‘Huberman’ Stradivarius met the feverish impetuosity of Pablo Heras-Casado at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra for the final leg of its International Violin Festival, it wasn’t always a case of opposites attracting.
FOCUS ON BUDAPEST
The best thing about the churches and synagogues you can find around Budapest is the care with which they are looked after and preserved. You can find in these buildings the very life blood of the city, and this is something that every traveller to Budapest can and should make the most of.
From delectable strudels to fine Hungarian dining in opulent surroundings to improbable fusions of Italian and Jewish cooking, Budapest will tempt every palate. The city's famous "Ruin bars", spas and clubs are just some of a thousand places to relax or have fun.