The Pointy End

10 of the world’s best concert halls

A world-class classical music venue in London may be years away so where can music lovers find truly outstanding acoustics?

The Guardian

How music can shift the conversation on climate change

Artists from Egypt to Rwanda are working together to protect the Nile River Basin.

Open Democracy

50 Surprising Facts In Black Music History

James Brown's dance moves don't mean what you think they mean.

BuzzFeed

Scientists Create Music For Cats, And Fur A Good Reason

"Cats are not humans and humans are not cats and it is important that we humans, as the servants of cats, be aware of this difference."

Huffington Post

Why the male domination of classical music might be coming to an end

For decades – no, make that centuries – the classical music world has sidelined women, if not ignored them completely. But the balance may be finally shifting.

The Guardian

‘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


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