Kirill Petrenko, music director at the Bavarian State Opera,  is to become artistic director and chief conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic, one of the world’s most renowned orchestras. Photograph: Wilfried Hoesl/Bayrische Staatsoper Handout via Reuters

The Berlin Philharmonic has picked Kirill Petrenko, a 43-year-old Russian who is music director at the Bavarian State Opera, to become its chief condu(...)

The knives came out again for the premiere yesterday of the new production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle at Bayreuth.

Richard Wagner’s descendants are celebrating his bicentennial at Bayreuth in fine festival tradition: with a row. After cutting a birthday cake to the(...)