sat 21/07/2018

Features & Interviews

theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival - Italians, Ukrainians and an American promote peace

David Nice

The Russian critic was not happy. Ukrainians had rebuffed her at the first of Riccardo Muti's big "Roads of Friendship" concerts this year in Kiev the previous weekend, and after the stupendous repeat spectacular in Ravenna as well as a very beautiful choral concert below the stunning apse mosaics of Sant' Apollinare in Classe (pictured below), she confidentially whispered to me, "this is a terrible festival," as if she expected me to agree.

'Stepping right out of my comfort zone': James Gilchrist on mixing Debussy with jazz

James Gilchrist

Debussy is having a good year. It is wonderful to see such wide and varied celebrations of his life and work, and to let the century since his death bear witness to the huge influence he has had on writers in every field of music.

Charlotte Jones: ‘Plays come from your scar...

Charlotte Jones

I think it’s always a dangerous sport to try and consciously unravel where your ideas come from. Lest you break the spell and inadvertently silence...

theartsdesk at the East Neuk Festival 2018 - Bach...

David Nice

There is a tide in the best-planned festivals that comes in and out almost imperceptibly, bringing with it changes as the days move on. Put it down...

theartsdesk in Orkney: St Magnus Festival 2018 -...

David Kettle

With – unusually – no visiting orchestra at this year’s St Magnus International Festival in far-flung Orkney (the fall-out from delayed funding...

10 Questions for Trumpeter Keyon Harrold

Matthew Wright

Acclaimed trumpeter discusses crossing genres, speaking out and Miles Davis

theartsdesk in Paris - following in the footsteps of Gounod

Alexandra Coghlan

Two operatic rarities prove that a revival is long overdue

theartsdesk at Leipzig's Blüthner Piano Factory - a perfect family business

David Nice

From the wood to the polished final article, a living lesson in piano-making

Ismaili a Go-Go: How the Aga Khan funded a music renaissance

Peter Culshaw

Musical extravaganza focusing on enigmatic Central Asia comes to the Royal Albert Hall

'That brick red frock with flowers everywhere': painting Katherine Mansfield

Roger Neill

Anne Estelle Rice painted the New Zealand writer 100 years ago, spinning a tale of love, friendship and artistic kinship

theartsdesk at the Setúbal Music Festival 2018: youth leads the way

David Nice

Community spirit infusing high-level events in a Portuguese port

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire: 'good people like to work with good people'

Michael Chance

The countertenor turned impresario launches a second season of The Grange Festival

Franco Fagioli on performing the Baroque: 'a challenge is to interpret beyond the musical notation'

Franco Fagioli

The Argentinian countertenor on the pleasures and challenges of singing Handel and Co

Ryuichi Sakamoto: 'Ideally I'm recording all the time, 24 hours a day' - interview

Joe Muggs

From Xenakis to Oneohtrix Point Never via Bowie and Bootsy, Sakamoto recalls an extraordinary life in music

Michel Hazanavicius: 'Losing himself is how he found himself'

Demetrios Matheou

The Oscar-winning director's new film, 'Redoubtable', charts the turning point in the life and career of the legendary Jean-Luc Godard

Jazz FM Awards 2018 - a banner year for Ezra Collective

Peter Quinn

Free jazz icons to bona fide jazz royalty are honoured at the fifth edition of the Awards

theartsdesk in Ramallah - the music biz turns its sights on Palestine

Peter Culshaw

A new music Expo aims to highlight a music culture with massive potential

10 Questions for Courtney Pine: 'How do you express rage?'

Matthew Wright

Pioneering solo jazz artist hails the community of jazz

theartsdesk in Bremen: 150 years of A German Requiem

David Nice

Paavo Järvi conducts Brahms's dramatic masterpiece in its original cathedral location

Helaine Blumenfeld: Britain’s most successful sculptor you’ve never heard of

Rupert Edwards

The director of a new Sky Arts documentary profile of the sculptor explores her work

theartsdesk in Kraków - Easter music with a British focus

Miranda Heggie

Edinburgh’s Dunedin Consort in residence at one of Poland’s flagship music festivals

Soprano Ruby Hughes on Handel's last prima donna

Ruby Hughes

Giulia Frasi researched and reincarnated in a much-loved singer's latest CD

Manon, Royal Ballet review - glitter and betray

David Nice

Francesca Hayward makes a virtue of a pleasure-loving enigma in pacy MacMillan revival

theartsdesk at the Lucerne Easter Festival: Haitink, Schiff and an alternative Passion

David Nice

Greatest living conductor lights the way as mentor in three days of musical excellence

Glyndebourne Opera Cup - a view from inside

Jessica Duchen

A Mozartian challenge pulls its weight at prestigious new forum for young singers

Listed: The 10 Best Biblical Novels

Michael Arditti

An Easter pick of Scriptural stories that command belief

Sir Matthew Bourne remembers Scott Ambler 1960-2018 – 'A prince among men'

Matthew Bourne

New Adventures Artistic Director's tribute to his core collaborator and star performer

'There's a poetry in painting that gives endless possibilities'

Alexandra Baraitser

Painter Alexandra Baraitser on curating her sixth exhibition, 'Silent Painting'

Antony Sher: Year of the Mad King - extract

Antony Sher

The actor's Lear Diaries tell of his preparation to clamber up theatre's tallest peak for the RSC

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