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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

Our Future in Your Hands, Peckham School Choirs, Multi-Story Orchestra, Stark, Bold Tendencies review - blazing community epic

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Rigoletto, Royal Opera review - routine clouds the best in this season opener

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Proms Festival Orchestra, Wigglesworth, BBC Proms review - brilliant work in progress, perfect Adagietto

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason, RLPO, Hindoyan, BBC Proms review - wood magic and swashbuckling show-offs

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Tristan und Isolde, Glyndebourne, BBC Proms review - endless love, perfect pace

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theartsdesk at the Birgit Nilsson Days - the rich legacy of a farm girl turned diva

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Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, Chineke! Orchestra, Bovell, BBC Proms - a star danced

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Brahms Piano Concertos, Tsoy, Philharmonia, Emelyanychev, Bold Tendencies - rich epic mastery in concrete surroundings

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CBSO, Gražinytė-Tyla, BBC Proms review - expectations teased, seldom fulfilled

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RhineGold, Birmingham Opera Company, Symphony Hall review - music-drama at the highest level

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Luisa Miller, Glyndebourne review – small-scale tragedy, big emotions

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First Night of the Proms, Hyde, BBCSO, Stasevska review - levitational ecstasies

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Opera in Song, Opera Holland Park review – world-class singers in a brilliant recital triptych

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Le Comte Ory, Garsington Opera review - high musical style and broad dramatic comedy

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Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, Royal Opera review – breathtaking young talent

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L'amico Fritz, Opera Holland Park review - slow-burning love, Italian style

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