As the Royal Opera opens its new Don Giovanni, Jessica Duchen argues that its theme of moral vacuity is as relevant now as in Mozart's day
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Tuesday 16 October 2012
I had not heard of Le Poème Harmonique, nor had I heard of the composers Etienne Moulinié or Charles Tessier (the Oxford Dictionary of Music hadn’t either), so this French ensemble’s recital of their music was an ear-opener.
Monday 15 October 2012
A down-at-heel interior doesn't make for an authentic dining experience. The same corporate forces are behind these shabby locales as McDonald's
Friday 12 October 2012
UK set to end 10-year boycott of politician
Thursday 11 October 2012
Teenage Franz Schubert’s prime goal may have been the composition of songs and symphonies, but he was also a prolific composer of string quartets, and this was virtually a social obligation.
Saturday 29 September 2012
Thursday 23 August 2012
An international festival to celebrate the work of writer Samuel Beckett has begun in the town where the Nobel Prize winner went to school.
Wednesday 22 August 2012
With eight exhumations, the BBC is trying desperately to make the case for Frederick Delius on his 150th anniversary, but these are only reinforcing the impression that this Bradford composer was a mere melodious also-ran.
Sunday 08 July 2012
Figaro and I renew our vows, for one night only
Thursday 05 July 2012
New English Ballet Theatre is an idealistic venture, a showcase company for young dancers and aspiring choreographers. It has influential patrons, including ballerinas Darcey Bussell and Marianela Nuñez, and a commitment to live music and new design. Synergies, NEBT’s debut programme, had some lively dancing and good music, but too much thin choreography.
Thursday 28 June 2012
It’s the age of long hair and raging hormones, wide lapels and wider collars, the age of new found “permissiveness” where the world and his dog are gagging for some extra-curricular congress and the great and good are headed for their lavish Spanish villas with or without the wife.
Sunday 17 June 2012
This impressive staging of Tchaikovsky's opera manages to be both playful, and deadly serious
Saturday 19 May 2012
A festival designed to dazzle whatever the weather
Tuesday 01 May 2012
Sari Barabas was a glamorous Hungarian coloratura soprano who, despite the interruption of the Second World War when she was in her twenties, had a long and successful career in opera and operetta. She was a member of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich for 22 years and also sang in Vienna, London and, most memorably of all, perhaps, at Glyndebourne. For five summers during the 1950s she appeared there in three different operas, delighting audiences with her grace and beauty as well as her flexible voice.
The Sinking of the Titanic, Barbican Hall, London / Jakob Lenz, Hampstead Theatre, London / Don Giovanni, Heaven, London
Sunday 22 April 2012
Moving musical memories of 'Titanic', a sodden mystic and a drooling Don make the going soggy
Tuesday 17 April 2012
Between Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the Don Juan of myth yawns a gap: despite his list of claimed successes, none of the attempted seductions we see comes off.
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