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theartsdesk Q&A: Hedvig Mollestad, Norway's bridge between heavy metal and jazz

Kieron Tyler

Norway’s Hedvig Mollestad Trio reset the dial to what jazz fusion sought to do when it emerged, and do so in such a way that it’s initially unclear whether they are a jazz-influenced heavy metal outfit or jazzers plunging feet-first

'Bringing things to life is what opera is all about': Robert Howarth on a 'Magic Flute' with a difference

Robert Howarth

I’m here in Leeds at the end of five weeks of quite intense rehearsals for Opera North's new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Best of 2018: Classical concerts

David Nice

Starry times with the big spectaculars really paid off this year, even if the works performed weren't unusual for London. Pappano's latest Verdi...

Best of 2018: Opera

David Nice

Outnumbered by four to one: out of the classical/opera team, Alexandra Coghlan, Jessica Duchen, David Benedict and Boyd Tonkin all chose English...

Global fiction: the pick of 2018

Boyd Tonkin

If you believe the bulk of the “books of the year” features that drift like stray tinsel across the media at this time of year, Britain’s literary...

theartsdesk in Brno: Czech 100th feted through Janáček and Smetana

David Nice

Rarities in a festival featuring an entire operatic canon, plus heartfelt celebrations

'I’ve told everyone that it’s a comedy – but will anyone laugh?' Jonathan Dove on his new Marx opera

Jonathan Dove

Top British composer awaits Bonn premiere of his new work about a German in London

theartsdesk in Gothenburg - Wagner's gold turns green

Boyd Tonkin

Stephen Langridge talks about his eco-friendly Swedish 'Ring'

10 Questions for DJ / producer Rob Smith of Smith & Mighty

Joe Muggs

Bristol bass movers and shakers rightly getting their due

Robert Hastie: 'a seam of love runs through the play' - interview

Heather Neill

The director talks about Macbeth in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, cross-gender casting and the director's role

Don Quixote rides again, and again

Jasper Rees

The RSC's stage version reaches the West End, while Terry Gilliam's film is stuck in a legal vortex

First Person Plural: the Calidore String Quartet on music for their torn nation

Calidore String Quartet

How Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Janáček and Golijov speak for our troubled times

Refreshing the sonic spectrum: disability and excellence in British orchestras

Joe Turnbull

A musical evolution for the 21st Century

More Blood, More Tracks review - Bob Dylan opens up

Tim Cumming

The fourteenth volume in the Bootleg Series is a keeper

theartsdesk in Stockholm: the Birgit Nilsson Prize unites two great Wagnerian sopranos

David Nice

Nina Stemme does honour to her compatriot, who would have been 100 this year

Montserrat Caballé (1933-2018): from Bellini to 'Barcelona'

David Nice

Glimpses of the Spanish soprano who could float a line like no other

James Graham: 'the country of Shakespeare no longer recognises arts as a core subject'

James Graham

Full transcript of the playwright's passionate speech about the importance of the arts at the Hospital Club's h100 Awards

Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto: 'We figured Molière would have toyed with it too'

Anil Gupta And Richard Pinto

The co-adaptors of the RSC's new 'Tartuffe' talk about translating a French classic to our times now

10 Questions for singer Live Foyn Friis

Matthew Wright

Charismatic Norwegian singer on her journey through genre

'I read French from left to right and Arabic from right to left': remembering Algerian rebel rocker Rachid Taha

Peter Culshaw

Recalling a night out drinking in Paris with the Algerian rocker who died this week

Jeanie O'Hare: 'The play taught me how European we really are'

Jeanie O'Hare

The playwright introduces 'Queen Margaret', her new play for the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Sir Peter Hall: a day of thanksgiving and celebration for a colossus of culture

Matt Wolf

A year after his death, the great director was honoured by the stars at Westminster Abbey and the National Theatre

'You won't be able to handle this lady': remembering Fenella Fielding

Jasper Rees

The vampish comic actress has died at 90 not long after receiving an OBE

Like a baton out of hell: Conductors at the 2018 Proms

Theartsdesk

Chris Christodoulou snaps mostly men at work, but the women are coming

'I saw that death is beautiful, unspeakable and strange': on filming 'Island'

Steven Eastwood

Filmmaker Steven Eastwood introduces his documentary about the last moments of life

theartsdesk in Cologne: urban boutique on the Rhine

Kieron Tyler

c/o Pop festival clouded by uncertainties about Britain’s departure from the EU

theartsdesk at the Suoni dal Golfo Festival - romantics shine in the Bay of Poets

David Nice

A Liszt novelty proves worth revealing, while a fine pianist takes a castle by storm

theartsdesk at the Lucerne Festival - all-Beethoven and all-Ravel concerts from the greatest

David Nice

Haitink conducts an unearthly 'Pastoral' while Chailly ignites symphonic dances

h 100 Awards: Art, Design and Craft - making art public

Florence Hallett

Showcasing the strength of British visual culture, and the people bringing it to public attention

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