Christopher Wiley traces the career of Ethel Smyth, who was the first woman to have an opera performed at the Metropolitan Opera, wrote the suffragette’s anthem, and developed a parallel career as an author.
What new music might float your boat (or roast your chestnuts) this holiday season? Clive Paget surveys this year’s crop of festive releases and finds intriguing offerings for Advent, Christmas, and even for the post-prandial cheese plate.
Hector Berlioz died 150 years ago this month. His music was largely ignored for more than 80 years after his death, his maverick style misjudged as eccentric, outlandish and even amateur. We pinpoint the event that led to a true appreciation of his genius.