fri 07/10/2022

stephen walsh

Bio
Stephen is a former Observer music critic and a regular contributor to The Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Independent and the BBC. He is the author of a major biography of Stravinsky and other books on Stravinsky, Bartók and Schumann. He holds a chair in music at Cardiff University.

Articles By Stephen Walsh

The Makropulos Affair, Welsh National Opera review - complexity realised brilliantly on the stage

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Spell Book/La liberazione di Ruggiero dell'isola di Alcina, Longborough Festival review - the pitfalls of diversity

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Quo vadis, Three Choirs Festival review - a hundred minutes of smug serenity and flowing piety

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Alcina, Glyndebourne review - Handel on the strand

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Die tote Stadt, Longborough Festival review - Korngold on the way back

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Tamerlano, The Grange Festival review - Handel brilliant in parts, but you have to wait for the drama

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Siegfried, Longborough Festival review - happily concept-free but with 'Good Ideas'

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Jenůfa, Welsh National Opera review - powerful drama with a kitsch tailpiece

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Don Giovanni, Welsh National Opera review - fine young cast let down by unhelpful conducting

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Madam Butterfly, Welsh National Opera review - decent performance, disagreeable context

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The Barber of Seville, Welsh National Opera review - back to work in an old banger

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The Cunning Little Vixen, Longborough Festival Opera review - life, death and the menopause in the forest

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theartsdesk at the Three Choirs Festival - Purcell, Gabriel Jackson and Duruflé

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Die Walküre, Longborough Festival Opera review - heroic defiance of farcical constraints

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Pagliacci, Opera Ensemble, Longborough review - stripped down but live

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Brecon Baroque, Podger, Brecon Cathedral online review - Bach recoloured

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Album: The Cult - Under the Midnight Sun

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