fri 25/09/2020

Features & Interviews

Eavesdropping on Rattle, the LSO and Bartók’s Bluebeard

David Nice

One source of advance information told us to expect a reduced version of Bartók’s one-act Bluebeard’s Castle, among the 20th century’s most original and profound operatic masterpieces.

First Person: Artistic Director John Gilhooly on an inclusive and diverse Wigmore Hall

John Gilhooly

It is hard to believe that it’s really happening! Despite a few bumps along the way, Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber, one of the greatest Lieder duos of our time, will open the 20/21 Wigmore Hall Season tomorrow night in a programme of Schubert and Berg.

Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter: 'I...

Liz Thomson

Music has never been more important than in these dark, dislocating and death-stalked days, fear and grief visiting us in ways once unimaginable. The...

'Masses of performers are still grounded...

Sophia Rahman

Have you ever tried watching a film, programme or even an advert without the soundtrack? If so, you’ll know that music is a cornerstone of all the...

Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui: '...

Owen Richards

In 2018, directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui burst onto the documentary scene with McQueen, a visually stunning study of British fashion...

Theatre Unlocked 4: Shows in concert and a contemporary classic comes to TV

Matt Wolf

A New York duo celebrates Sir Noël; Samuel Beckett bewitches and bewilders once again

A masked elegy: portraits of string players at the Fidelio Orchestra Café

David Nice

Young talent captured by Nick Rutter during sessions for Strauss's 'Metamorphosen'

Theatre Unlocked 3: Signs of activity after a long siesta

Matt Wolf

Theatre comes to life, albeit gently, and some familiar names crop up online

'Rehearsing Beethoven with Barenboim felt like an historical moment': Vienna Philharmonic trombonist Kelton Koch on a new normal

Kelton Koch

As the Salzburg Festival flourishes, a Texan in Austria welcomes a musical rebirth

First Person: Antonia Bain on directing a short kitchen opera for film

Antonia Bain

Scottish Opera's digital content producer on making 'The Narcissistic Fish'

Theatre Unlocked 2: A starry premiere and musical revival alongside Greek tragedy where it began

Matt Wolf

Empty playhouses caught on camera and an online 'Merchant' complete a typically varied week of theatrical fare

'She was Paris': RIP Zizi Jeanmaire (1924-2020)

Ismene Brown

Ballet or cabaret, Zizi's passion was for performance - preferably with her husband

First Person: Christopher Glynn on how the Ryedale Festival flows on

Christopher Glynn

Artistic director and pianist defines his hopes for an online journey

Theatre Unlocked 1: George Floyd remembered, a classic transformed, and a call to action re climate change

Matt Wolf

A Broadway legend in concert lends musical buoyancy to this week's ever wide-ranging theatrical array

First Person: Royal College of Music Director of Programmes Diana Salazar on a transformation in learning and teaching

Diana Salazar

The RCM’s corridors are quieter than usual but commitment to musical learning resounds

theartsdesk Q&A: horn player Sarah Willis

Graham Rickson

Midnight recording sessions and late-running buses; playing Mozart in Havana

Theatre Lockdown Special 13: Early Lloyd Webber, vintage Rattigan, and a Dame or two in conversation

Matt Wolf

Medeas past and present conjoin across a characteristically eclectic theatre week

Ennio Morricone 1928-2020: A lost afternoon in his apartment in Rome

Peter Culshaw

Recalling a 2003 meeting with the 'Mozart of film music'

'She spoke through her violin': Steven Isserlis on extraordinary meetings with Ida Haendel (192?-2020)

Steven Isserlis

One great and characterful instrumentalist remembered by another

Theatre Lockdown Special 12: An American rarity, a British savoury, and fresh Apples

Matt Wolf

Nigel Slater is back, as is Richard Nelson's Apple family for a second time via Zoom

‘We are still standing and planning for the brightest future we can’: Svend McEwan-Brown on the survival of a festival

Svend McEwan-Brown

East Neuk Festival Director finds generosity, humanity and a hunger for culture in a crisis

'Composing supports children to understand music from the inside': educator Nancy Evans on a revolution in primary schools

Nancy Evans

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group's Director of Learning outlines a bold new project

Theatre Lockdown Special 11: Shakespeare-as-rave, a starlit Old Vic, and, yes, those singing nuns

Matt Wolf

Some celeb-heavy revivals and a kids-friendly showstopper feature amongst this week's lineup

'We must channel the energy and pain that is being expressed right now': Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE on time for action on diversity in classical music

Chi-chi Nwanoku

Chineke! founder and double bassist explains an open letter to the Prime Minister

Ian Holm, British film's best supporting actor

Jasper Rees

From King Lear to Bilbo Baggins - remembering the great film actor who vanquished stage fright

Theatre Lockdown Special 10: Epic plays from the National Theatre and Broadway alongside voices raised in protest

Matt Wolf

The state of Britain then and now gets a look-in, as do animals in human form

The power of resilience: flautist Noemi Gyori on positive ways to face adversity

Noemi Gyori

How performers, and others, might best deal with the current crisis

Theatre Lockdown Special 9: Alan Bennett revisited, and so is Oz

Matt Wolf

Some familiar titles, a 1913 rarity and a show in which the audience plays its part

'This experience has revealed just how much I love music': pianist Paul Lewis on life in lockdown

Paul Lewis

On the eve of his return to an empty Wigmore Hall, a very individual artist reflects


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