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Graffiti, Politti

Graffiti, Politti Royal Opera, Simon Boccanegra, opera in a prologue and three acts, 15thNovember 2018, directed by Elijah Moshinsky, music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave revised by Arrigo Boito, orchestra conducted by Henrik Nánási, reviewed by Leslie … Continue reading

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Acts of Mutilation

Acts of Mutilation ENO, War Requiem, music by Benjamin Britten, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, soloists soprano Emma Bell, baritone Roderick Williams, tenor David Butt Philip, text from the Missa pro Defunctis and the poems of Wilfred Owen, 16thNovember 2018, directed … Continue reading

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This Bank and Shoal of Time

This Bank and Shoal of Time Macbeth, tragedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, RSC, Barbican Theatre, Saturday 10th November 2018, directed by Polly Findlay, reviewed by Leslie Jones Time, as critic Michael Billington reminds us, is a recurrent theme in … Continue reading

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Slate’s Slanders

Slate’s Slanders By Ilana Mercer When Slate Magazine went after President Trump’s former speech writer, Darren Beattie, it chose to libel this writer, as well. That’s a bully’s calculus: if you can, why not ruin the reputation of another individual, just for … Continue reading

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The Disunited States

The Disunited States By Ilana Mercer “We are one American nation. We must unite. We have to unify. We have to come together.” Every faction in our irreparably fractious and fragmented country calls for unity, following events that demonstrate just … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, November 2018

ENDNOTES, November 2018 In this edition: In Remembrance, from the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital, Percy Sherwood’s Double Concerto from EM Records, Orchestral Works, by Ruth Gipps. A century ago this month, The Great War– the “war to end wars”, … Continue reading

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Escape to the Country

Escape to the Country by Bill Hartley There is elation in the town of Darlington because the local cattle market may be moving. Darlington might be best known as an old railway town but its roots lie in agriculture, serving … Continue reading

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Calvinism for Agnostics

Calvinism for Agnostics Messa da Requiem, music by Giuseppe Verdi, concert performance, Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conductor Antonio Pappano, words from the Missa pro Defunctis, Royal Opera, 23rd October 2018 Verdi Requiem, Orchestra Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir, conductor John … Continue reading

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The Euro FifthColumn

The Euro Fifth Column By Stuart Millson With five months to go before our country disengages from the EU, a millionaire-funded, pro-Brussels movement is obstructing the democratic Brexit process. With the ratification of the EU Withdrawal Act by Parliament earlier … Continue reading

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The Caravan Cometh

The Caravan Cometh By Ilana Mercer The latest “caravan” community planning to crash borderless America is not part of Latin America’s problems; it’s escaping them. So say America’s low-IQ media. And Latin America’s problems are legion. The region, “which boasts … Continue reading

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