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The Independant - Features

November 23   -  

Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana: Smelled any good operas lately?

The Royal Opera's production of 'Cav and Pag' could take audience involvement to a new level

November 10   -  

Georg Friedrich Haas on 'Morgen und Abend': 'I don't do melodies'

'Expect soundscapes, not harmonies', says the composer of his Covent Garden premiere.

November 8   -  

Calixto Bieito interview: Opera director on the inspiration behind his bloody new take on Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny'

Bieito has been likened to radical film directors such as Quentin Tarantino or Pedro Almodovar

September 15   -  

Max Richter's 'Sleep': The longest continuous piece of music broadcast by the BBC

When composers unveil new works, they do not generally want the audience to nod off. Not so Max Richter. The intention behind his latest piece, Sleep – which is eight hours long – is that his listeners should slumber peacefully ...

September 1   -  

Chineke! Europe's first professional orchestra of black and minority ethnic musicians launches

When the Chineke! Orchestra steps on to the Queen Elizabeth Hall platform on 13 September, the audience should notice something unusual. One of those uncomfortable truths about classical music is that most symphony orchestras in Europe still ...

August 24   -  

Why do we hear the work of so few female classical composers?

"I once thought that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose – not one has been able to do it, and why should I expect to?" /

July 28   -  

How the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation of musical teenagers

The benefits of a musical education on the development of all young people, the warning cries about cuts in music education in the state sector and the need for government to reverse their refusal to make arts education part of the national ...

July 18   -  

Johann Sebastian Bach: Leading soloists on the mastery and mystery of the genius composer

In 1977, Nasa's two Voyager space probes began an endless mission across the Milky Way that has already sent Voyager One beyond the borders of our solar system and out into the interstellar void. Before they launched, the astronomer Carl ...

July 5   -  

Ambrogio Maestri: The charismatic Italian baritone on food and Falstaff

Ambrogio Maestri is one of the most in- demand opera singers in the world, but if it all ended tomorrow he could probably forge a new career as a television chef. /

June 24   -  

Gabriel Prokofiev on the BBC's Ten Pieces, Nonclassical, and a new Carnival of the Animals

Gabriel Prokofiev is pondering, over a Turkish lunch near his Bethnal Green studio in London, an unexpected development in his career as composer: the BBC has just picked a movement from his Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra for its new Ten ...
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