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April 11   -  

El Sistema 40th anniversary: Conductor Gustavo Dudamel says Venezuela project is "the most important thing apart from my family"

Loud explosions after dark tend to make residents of Caracas nervous, but not if they come from behind the house of Frank Di Polo, who apparently can't resist a firework display whenever he has the excuse. He is at it again tonight, sending ...

April 7   -  

Carmen with a twist: From toreador to city boy

When does an expertise become a straitjacket? It is not only actors playing a long-running role in a soap or a detective series who can find themselves "stuck" with a character: pity the opera singer who happens to be good at Carmen. ...

March 31   -  

How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies sits opposite me at a long table in one of the London Coliseum's odder side rooms: a heavily wallpapered, windowless space in which one might imagine local ghosts wandering by to eavesdrop. She is about to join the roster of ...

March 28   -  

9/11 opera Between Worlds envisages what happened inside the towers

We all remember where we were on 9/11. /

February 24   -  

As 'The Indian Queen' opens, can Peter Sellars save the ENO?

These are grim times at English National Opera. Earlier this month the company, which occupies the London Coliseum, the capital's largest theatre, was placed in "special measures" by Arts Council England: it has two years to shape ...

February 19   -  

The age-old art of musical page turning is under threat from the accursed iPad

Sam Haywood, a leading British concert pianist, was in dazzling command of a particularly challenging piece when the chair to his left "got too close to the edge of the stage," he recalls. The unnamed woman, who had been sitting on it ...

February 16   -  

The one-armed concert pianist: Nicholas McCarthy on Britain's Got Talent and the Proms

Nicholas McCarthy does not need a Google alert to remind him when another series of Britain's Got Talent is looming – or, depending on your viewpoint – threatening. For the past few years now, the show's producers have ...

February 4   -  

Bryn Terfel interview: Britain's best-loved baritone looks back on his 'wonderful journey' through the world's greatest operas

Gods. Murderers. Dictators. Ghosts. Bryn Terfel is used to playing them all, and more. The towering bass-baritone from north Wales, who turns 50 this year, is probably the best-loved figure in British opera today: gigantic in stature and ...

January 27   -  

Will Simon Rattle take over at the LSO?

The British music world is waiting to hear whether the London Symphony Orchestra has succeeded in appointing Simon Rattle as its new music director – and waiting, and waiting. Speculation is reaching fever pitch as his sold-out London ...

January 3   -  

Lyre, lyre: Bringing 'Orfeo' to the London stage

“It’s quite a patchwork of talent, this particular production” says Michael Boyd about his new take on Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo, which looks set to be quite the opening shot in the 2015 operatic calendar. After ...
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