Articles by Martin Kettle
What is the English National Opera for? Visits to the London Coliseum and a new official history have left me none the wiser
Plácido Domingo’s switch from tenor to baritone will confirm him as the most ambitious performer of his generation
Leonard Bernstein's music is looked down upon. Yet his mission to bring high art to the masses entitles him to better treatment
What makes an opera fan? It's not social class or even personal taste, but the opportunity to become one of the crowd
Female characters in operas are even more likely to die than henchmen in a Bond film. So why is opera out to kill its women?
Schubert's greatest song cycle has been revamped with theatre, dance and action. But nothing beats one man and a piano
The Proms are a magnificent institution and rightly celebrate diversity. But this must not come at the cost of the core classical tradition
Bernard Haitink is wrongly pigeonholed as an Austro-German specialist. There's much more to this great conductor than that
Chamber music is a vital and vigorous branch of the classical tradition. So why does it have such trouble winning audiences and reviews?