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alexandra coghlan

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Alexandra is the classical music critic of the New Statesman, and has written on arts for The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Prospect, Gramophone, Opera Now, The Oxford Times and The Monthly. She was formerly Performing Arts Editor at Time Out, Sydney. She writes about classical music, theatre and film for theartsdesk.

Articles By Alexandra Coghlan

The Rake's Progress, Royal Academy of Music review - Hogarth's Rake enters the digital age

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La rondine, If Opera review - a bold opening gambit from a company changing the business of opera

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Sir John in Love, British Youth Opera review - a delicious end-of-summer treat

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Prom 19, Hallé, Elder review - cinematic drama, and plenty of it

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Mavra/Pierrot Lunaire, Linbury Theatre review - operatic madness tempered with plenty of method

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Opera Triple Bill, Royal Academy Opera review - three centuries of female suffering

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The Comedy of Errors, RSC, Barbican review - Shakespearean Christmas panto

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Die schöne Müllerin and The Alehouse Sessions, Middle Temple Hall review - overflowing musical energy and joy

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The Magic Flute, Royal Opera review - all but a guarantee of a great night out

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Chiejina, Sinfonia of London, Wilson, BBC Proms review - a musical arrival for a special favourite

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Ólafsson, Philharmonia, Järvi, BBC Proms review - a ravishing Proms debut

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Kolesnikov, Aurora Orchestra, Collon, BBC Proms review - dazzling musicianship and insight

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Hansel and Gretel, British Youth Opera review - chaotic rewrite of a classic opera misses the mark

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The Two Character Play, Hampstead Theatre review - tender, poetic and piercingly cruel

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Current, Rising, Royal Opera House review - a joyful celebration of storytelling possibility

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Brian Elias Focus Day, Concert 1, Wigmore Hall online review - portrait of the artist in miniature

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