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Monday 04 February 2013
We were promised surprises in Peter Konwitschny’s ‘La Traviata’, and the first comes at the start.
Friday 01 February 2013
Though expertly performed by a cast that includes Ian Bostridge and Susan Gritton as the Male and Female Chorus, and Angelika Kirchschlager as the hapless Lucretia, there's not an awful lot to love about The Rape of Lucretia.
Monday 21 January 2013
The first of a monthly report from Michael Volpe on the trials of staging a show
Monday 14 January 2013
The director made him sing in the shower, Fabio Armiliato tells Jessica Duchen
Sunday 13 January 2013
Robert F Kennedy Jnr is convinced a lone gunman was not solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, John F Kennedy, and said his father was disparaging about the official report into the killing.
Sunday 06 January 2013
The message for Syrians was clear: the army is the bedrock of power
IoS classical preview of 2012: Plan ahead to catch composers' anniversaries, rarities and evergreens
Sunday 06 January 2013
As the Southbank Centre braces itself for a year of Noise (see feature, page 58), and opera-lovers contemplate a feast of Britten, Verdi and Wagner, lutenist Paul O'Dette explores the melancholy and wit of 450-year-old John Dowland on Thursday at London's Wigmore Hall. Kasper Holten directs Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House from 4 February, Welsh National Opera enters a new era as Lulu opens at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on 8 February, and Scottish Opera pays a belated centenary tribute to Massenet with Pia Furtado's production of Werther at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, from 15 February.
Saturday 05 January 2013
"I love rock, but I'm definitely meant to be in the opera world", says the American soprano who will make her European debut next month singing the female lead in ENO's La Traviata.
Wednesday 02 January 2013
Another incredible discovery for the world famous scientist?
Saturday 22 December 2012
Tuesday 18 December 2012
Pussy Riot’s Moscow church protest, which resulted in a two-year prison sentence for members of the punk group, was motivated by a desire to create controversy to boost their careers, Russia’s leading conductor has suggested.
Sunday 09 December 2012
The arts are flourishing in Thurrock, despite the town being voted the most miserable in Britain this year
Friday 07 December 2012
Controversy is never far away from The Scala and its season opener
Italians upset by La Scala's decision to kick off season with German composer Wagner and not local hero Verdi
Thursday 06 December 2012
Richard Wagner's Lohengrin kicks off La Scala's season on Friday with the renowned Milanese theatre under fire for choosing the German maestro over local hero Giuseppe Verdi on the biggest night of the year for the world of opera.
Sunday 02 December 2012
The imperative to make it easy on yourself is one which Walker shows no signs of obeying. Bish Bosch, the latest in a series of challenging and experimental works from the former 1960s balladeer, throws the listener right in at the deep end with "See You Don't Bump His Head", on which, over a low but insistent digital beat, Walker intones lines such as "While plucking feathers from a swan song, shit might pretzel Christ's intestines". The sun, very clearly, ain't gonna shine any more.
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Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
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