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Paul Kilbey

Paul is a freelance classical music writer and editor who lives in Germany. Read more about him on
The riot that took place at The Rite of Spring premiere in Paris is almost as notorious as the work itself. Stravinsky set the stage for scandal....
Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo isn’t the first opera. But it’s remarkably close.
“I dedicate my last work to the majesty of all majesties, the beloved God, and hope that he will give me so much time to complete the same,” he is alleged to have said.
Franz Peter Schubert’s parents, Franz Theodor and Maria Elisabeth, were wise to get to church as soon as possible after his birth on January 31, 1797.
Full of Christmas cheer, Brahms wrote to Clara Schumann in December 1857: I have been thinking about my Concerto lately. You cannot imagine the trouble it has given me. It is one...
“Always a great conductor, his performances in these last years were transcendent, and we all feel privileged to have witnessed them,” Rattle described.
There are certain things that every opera needs to have. One is brilliant music, of course. And another is an enthralling plot. But where do opera’s stories come from?
The start of a year, the end of a century: Francis Poulenc was born on January 7, 1899.
“As obscure as it is strange,” was how Mozart’s first biographer, Franz Xaver Niemetschek, described the story of his Requiem in 1798.
From gruesome tale to Christmas tradition, follow Hansel und Gretel on their journey into the woods and onto the opera stage...