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Opera review: Ian Bell’s ‘In Parenthesis’, Wales Millennium Centre

Years following the 1916 carnage at Mametz Wood, artist-poet David Jones wrote his First World War epic poem, In Parenthesis. Blending reportage, eulogy and autobiography with historical collective dream, the combination proves eloquent in composer Iain Bell’s new operatic setting, commissioned by the Welsh National Opera for its 70th anniversary season to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

How to be the headliner? Run your own festival

Both Madness and superstar producer Nile Rodgers are preparing to host new  summer events. It’s part of a trend for artists and their managements to take  the sure-fire route to the top of the bill

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