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David Nice

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David writes, lectures and broadcasts on music. A former music critic for The Guardian and The Sunday Correspondent, he is a regular voice on BBC Radio 3. He has written short studies on Elgar, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and the history of opera, and is currently working on the second volume of his Prokofiev biography for Yale University Press. He runs his own lecture series, Opera in Depth, at the Frontline Club in Paddington.

Articles By David Nice

Lise Davidsen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Barbican review - perfect Grieg, impressive Strauss and Wagner

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Don't Look Up, Netflix review - hitting most targets in high style

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Force Majeure, Donmar Warehouse review - fissures in a marriage

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Le nozze di Figaro, Royal Opera review - New Year champagne

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Best of 2021: Classical music concerts

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Best of 2021: Opera

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The Hand of God review - Sorrentino's unsentimental education

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Cabaret, The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre review – polymorphous, prodigious

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L’Enfance du Christ, Monteverdi Choir, ORR, Gardiner, St Martin-in-the-Fields review – clear-cut Christmas story

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Zingari/Tosca Suite, Opera Rara, Rizzi, Cadogan Hall review - symphonic mastery and fluent hokum

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Scenes from the Wild, Morgan, CLS, Paterson, Southwark Cathedral review - a cornucopia of the seasons

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Kolesnikov, Sinfonia of London, Wilson, Snape Maltings review – volcanic Britten and Vaughan Williams

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The Valkyrie, English National Opera review - fitfully flickering flames

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Smetana Trio, Wigmore Hall / Minerva Piano Trio, Christ Church Kensington review - spirits of delight

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Bluebeard's Castle 1: Bullock, Finley, Theatre of Sound, Stone Nest review - scenes from a marriage

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Dmitri Alexeev and Friends, St John's Smith Square review - an almost breathless brio

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Album: Eels - Extreme Witchcraft

Mr. E’s music examines hellish depths, but always climbs back towards the light....

Raymonda, English National Ballet, Coliseum review - a creak...

Neglected classics, whether books, plays or ballets, are usually neglected for a reason, and so it is with the three-act ballet Raymonda...

Nightmare Alley review - a dazzling trip through a heart of...

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Memory Box review - exquisitely made drama set in Lebanon

Memory Box is that rare thing, a glimpse into a lost world from its traumatised inhabitants. Made by the...

Album: Earl Sweatshirt - Sick!

Around 2017, Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, known professionally as Earl Sweatshirt, said he wanted to push his music in a more experimental direction,...

First Person: Femi Elufowoju Jr. on directing Verdi's...

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Russell Howard, Netflix special review - joyous return to li...

In 2019, Russell Howard was all set to celebrate his 20th year in...

Album: John Mellencamp - Strictly A One-Eyed Jack

“I didn’t even know what I was writing about. It was just sent to me”, John Mellencamp has said of Strictly A One-Eyed Jack, his first...