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Features & Interviews

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

Maxime Pascal

Stockhausen stands alongside Monteverdi and Beethoven as a composer who exploded the understanding of his art. Stockhausen deeply changed the relationship between space, time and music; there’s a human, intimate dimension to his composition, and he predicted the future.

Cannes 2019: Week One - a genre-heavy opening

Joseph Walsh

Every year the Cannes Film Festival is a swirl of chaos, excitement, and controversy. Last year, the festival had a markedly different feel. Gone were the big starry names.

First Person: Ellen McDougall on finding the...

Ellen McDougall

I’ve wanted to direct Thornton Wilder’s Our Town for a long time.The play is beautifully written and its form feels not only ahead of its time (...

First Person: Liam Byrne on bringing Versailles...

Liam Byrne

When you dedicate your life to studying and performing on a musical instrument that essentially went extinct at the end of the 18th century,...

theartsdesk in Tallinn and Tartu: Estonian Music...

David Nice

First under Soviet rule, then in the remarkable flourishing of a liberated nation, Estonian contemporary music has held its independent head high and...

First Person: Sam Lee on singing with endangered nightingales

Sam Lee

The folk singer on streaming for Extinction Rebellion and the Absolute Bird series

First Person: Robert Hollingworth on I Fagiolini's 'Leonardo - Shaping the Invisible'

Robert Hollingworth

Images reflected in music 500 years after the ultimate Renaissance man's death

Obituary: Bibi Andersson 1935-2019

David Thompson

David Thompson pays tribute to one of cinema's most enduring icons

For Folk's Sake: 'I owe my very existence to Morris dancing'

Richard Macer

Richard Macer, who has made documentaries about Vogue and dyslexia, introduces his latest

In the spirit of the composer as innovator: Samir Savant on the London Handel Festival

Samir Savant

The director presents a month of enterprising events

theartsdesk in Zanzibar - behind the veil

Andy Morgan

Searching for the real island at this year's Sauti za Busara festival of African Music

Keith Flint, 1969-2019

Thomas H Green

The Prodigy lose their punk brother, Keith Flint, aged only 49

A Previn treasury

David Nice

Selected recordings of the great musician, who has died just short of his 90th birthday

Trevor Nunn: 'I'm amazed by Harley Granville Barker's prescience and extraordinary modernity'

Sir Trevor Nunn

The veteran director introduces the London premiere of the English dramatist's heretofore unknown play, 'Agnes Colander'

theartsdesk in Tromsø: the celluloid Cold War

Demetrios Matheou

The Tromsø Film Festival in Norway has revealed some little-seen spy films from behind the Iron Curtain

theartsdesk Q&A: Shirley Collins - 'There was no way I could ever sing to be popular'

Kieron Tyler

Ahead of next week’s Roundhouse concert, the voice of traditional English music reveals some unexpected musical likes and much more

Director Alexandria Bombach: 'I feel like a completely different person'

Owen Richards

Director of On Her Shoulders on filming Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad

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

Kieron Tyler

The genre-busting guitarist talks about new album 'Smells Funny', a rotting eyeball and more

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

Robert Howarth

Opera North's Mozart conductor on taking a careful look at a masterpiece

Best of 2018: Classical concerts

David Nice

Abundant megatalent in works great and small

Best of 2018: Opera

David Nice

A year more remarkable for high musical values than any wealth of great UK productions

Global fiction: the pick of 2018

Boyd Tonkin

From Iraq to Japan, a baker's dozen of translated novels to widen literary horizons

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

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