sun 15/09/2019

Features & Interviews

'This goes beyond music and drama': tenor Nicky Spence on Martinů's 'The Greek Passion'

Nicky Spence

I’m a big fanboy of Czech music, Janáček and Martinů especially, but I’d never seen The Greek Passion before being cast as Manolios in Opera North’s new production, as it remains quite a rarity in the opera house. For those who don’t know the work, it tells of a group of refugees who arrive in a villa

First Person: Matthew Xia on why his production of 'Amsterdam' feels especially pertinent and vital now

Matthew Xia

I’m currently opening Amsterdam, my first production for Actors Touring Company since being appointed Artistic Director last year, at the Orange Tree theatre in Richmond and then in Plymouth early in 2020. And what better time to premiere a play for the Europe of the present, triggered by the Europe of the past.

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David Nice

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Foragers of the Foreshore - London's...

Adrian Evans

Over the weekend, exhibitions and installations have started to bubble-up on the riverside walkway in London. Still-life photography of mudlark finds...

Power, politics and Peaky Blinders - the Shelby...

Adam Sweeting

This is how Steven Knight pictured Peaky Blinders when he first set about creating it. “I was very keen not to do a traditional British period drama...

Making new waves: Royce Vavrek on forging a libretto from Lars von Trier

Royce Vavrek

Missy Mazzoli's collaborator on their new operatic version of 'Breaking the Waves'

theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2019 - super-orchestra, top clarinettists, transcendent strings

David Nice

Paavo Järvi motivates an ever-growing family of musicians in Estonia's summer capital

theartsdesk at Itinéraire Baroque 2019 - a musical journey through the Périgord

Alexandra Coghlan

Instrumental/vocal conversations and collisions celebrate the full breadth of the baroque

theartsdesk in Dalarna: Rhinegold in a Swedish barn by a lake

David Nice

Intimate Wagner works a treat with a uniformly world-class cast and a 32-piece orchestra

10th Odessa International Film Festival review - exquisite gay love stories and visionary new music

Peter Culshaw

Not so far from the war zone, the 'Cannes of the East' keeps the film flag flying

theartsdesk Q&A: documentary maker Karen Stokkendal Poulsen

Demetrios Matheou

The Danish director discusses her film ‘On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship’

Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek: 'Is our film porny?'

Ewa Banaszkiewicz And Mateusz Dymek

Directors of My Friend the Polish Girl respond to claims they've set the female cause back two decades

theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival 2019 - in heaven with Dante's Purgatorio and Estonian rites

David Nice

A dramatic tour from the tomb of Italy's greatest poet and music among the mosaics

On making The Left Behind: 'We've plugged into the mains'

Joseph Bullman

The director of Killed By My Debt introduces his new BBC drama about a hate crime

'A product not only of his era but also of his travels': Ian Page on Mozart's cosmopolitan education

Ian Page

The Mozartists' main man on how an early life moving around Europe shaped a genius

theartsdesk in Treviso - cultural patronage, Italian style

David Nice

High-level attention to detail in the Fondazione Benetton's support for the arts

First Person: Damian Cruden on reinvigorating the Bard away from London with Shakespeare's Rose

Damian Cruden

The onetime director of 'The Railway Children' sets out his vision for bringing Shakespeare afresh to the country's 'cultural pageant'

theartsdesk in Svalbard: cultural excellence at the top of the world

David Nice

At 78 degrees north, polar bears outnumber people - but Norway's musical flag flies high

Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'

Jasper Rees

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96

Roger Wright on Oliver Knussen: ‘his challenge to us all to remain curious lives on’

Roger Wright

Inspiring composer, conductor and mentor remembered by Snape Maltings CEO

First Person: Matt Henry on fulfilling 'a dream come true' to play the legendary singer Sam Cooke

Matt Henry

The Olivier Award-winning alumnus of 'Kinky Boots' shifts gears to tell a vibrant story of 1960s America

Bob Dylan Special - Rolling Thunder Revue, Netflix

Tim Cumming

Martin Scorsese reexamines the legendary 1975 tour

Bob Dylan Special - theartsdesk Q&A: Scarlet Rivera

Tim Cumming

The violinist on 'Desire' and 'Rolling Thunder Revue' talks about working with Dylan at his peak

theartsdesk in Bergen: Gothic shocks and Romantic treats

Boyd Tonkin

Genres and periods mix and match in style at Norway's premier arts festival

theartsdesk in Gothenburg: concert-hall storytelling rivets at the Point Music Festival

David Nice

Galvanizing Santtu-Matias Rouvali kicks off, and two dozen instrumentalists go barefoot

First Person: Conductor Maxime Pascal on Stockhausen at the Southbank Centre

Maxime Pascal

The man in control of a cosmic opera tonight on its visionary German composer

Cannes 2019: Week One - a genre-heavy opening

Joseph Walsh

The 72nd film festival showcases ghouls, the gig economy, and gun-wielding avengers

First Person: Ellen McDougall on finding the commonality in the American classic 'Our Town'

Ellen McDougall

The director explains what drew her to the season-opener this summer at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park

First Person: Liam Byrne on bringing Versailles to the City's 'Culture Mile'

Liam Byrne

The viola da gamba player on pleasures at the Barbican's free Sound Unbound festival

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