The Pointy End

‘It’s too loud and you can’t even hear the words’

Who warns loud music risks hearing of millions of young people.

The Irish Times

Topped in translation: two new London operas make a case for English-language productions

The English National Opera's The Mastersingers of Nuremberg and the Royal Opera's L'Ormindo show that translated music-theatre can be exceptional.

New Statesman

Bah humbug! Who needs happy songs anyway?

English song lyrics are some of the most miserable in the world – and they're all the better for it...

The Telegraph

The Five Worst Dates in Opera

A night at the opera is among the most romantic options for a Valentine's Day—see "Moonstruck" and "Pretty Woman" for proof. However, it's rather ironic that something so passionate has a repertoire full of missed connections, awkward encounters, and flat out bad dates, including these five.

WQXR

Comment soigner les maux des musiciens ?

A Paris, la Clinique du musicien s'est spécialisée dans le soin des pathologies liées à la pratique d'un instrument.

France Musique

Jazz et amitié...

... ou comment le jazz s'enflamme, dès qu'il s'agit d'amitié.

France Musique

Why Don’t More Classical Musicians Improvise?

Improvisation is a nearly obsolete art in classical music these days. But virtuosos used to improvise all the time.

WQXR

Is music universal? Montreal researchers put Pygmies and hipsters to a physiological test

If a Pygmy sings in a Congolese rainforest, will a Montreal hipster listening to a Pygmy audio clip feel his joy?

The Globe and Mail

William Christie - Honorary Doctor

"As a passionate interpreter of French Baroque music he integrates the treasures of painting, language, poetry, rhetoric and garden architecture from this period into his performances."

Leiden University


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