Opera: Falstaff is a Royal Opera House must-see

By Stephen Pollard, May 18, 2012

If I could give this new production of Falstaff 50 stars, I would. Verdi’s last opera is as close to perfection as music gets, and Robert Carsen’s 1950s update does it justice. Carsen clearly loves Falstaff and wants only to share that love with the audience.


I'm out of tune with modern ways

May 10, 2012

Sadly, There are very few opportunities for lovers of choral music to attend recitals on a Saturday morning, but at least we Jews have a viable alternative to offer: the nearest Reform or Liberal synagogue.


Talented musical youth tune up for Emunah's big final

By Jessica Elgot, February 23, 2012

Promising jewish musicians seem to be getting younger and younger.


Interview: Avi Avital

By James Inverne, February 16, 2012

The unusual, apparently, is in fashion. At least when it comes to classical music. In the past few years, we have seen the classical charts topped by Bach's Goldberg Variations played on a harp; a flamboyant young American organist given to playing the keys with his feet; and, in Milos Karadglic, the long-awaited return of the star classical guitarist.


Randy Newman: 'If I could have written more hits, I would have'

By Paul Lester, February 2, 2012

Maybe it is his status as one of America's foremost songwriters, the one to whom other acclaimed tunesmiths defer. Perhaps it is the forbiddingly acerbic nature of his songs.


Michael Tilson Thomas: The maestro inspired by Yiddishkeit

By Jessica Duchen, January 19, 2012

If you ever imagined that the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas might be Welsh, think again.


Israel's orchestra celebrates but sounds a note of caution

By Jenni Frazer, January 12, 2012

It was, in the end, left to the long-time music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta, to put his finger on what was being celebrated.

On a cool, clear night in Tel Aviv last month, Maestro Mehta, himself celebrating 50 years with the IPO, led hundreds of international patrons and well-wishers in a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday, dear Philharmonic", as the orchestra mark


The singing star of The Da Vinci Code

By Simon Round, December 29, 2011

Israeli soprano Hila Plitmann has played with many of the world's top orchestras, won a Grammy Award and sung solo on the blockbuster Hollywood movie, The Da Vinci Code.

Despite her many accomplishments, however, there is one thing she rarely gets to do - sing in her mother tongue.


Like Piaf, tragic Barbara is the true voice of France

By Norman Lebrecht, December 15, 2011

Her grave, at the suburban end of a Paris bus line, is never long unattended. A wooden box on the marble base is stuffed with notes from visiting fans. A student drops by in her lunch hour to play Mozart. "Barbara loved Mozart," she explains.


Star violinist's debt to his Jewish teachers

By Simon Round, November 24, 2011

If you had to work out David Garrett's occupation simply by his appearance, you would be unlikely to guess that he is one of the most gifted violinists of his generation.

With his long hair and skull ring he looks vaguely heavy metal-ish but, then again, with his Roger Federer-esque good looks he could also be a model.