Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Oral History

Oral History Hansel and Gretel; märchenspiel (fairy tale) in three acts, music by Engelbert Humperdinck, libretto in German by Adelheid Wette after the fairy tale Hänsel und Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, directed and designed by Antony McDonald, orchestra conducted by Sebastian … Continue reading

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Carmen Review – Dance of Death

Carmen Review – Dance of Death Carmen; opéra comique in three acts, music composed by Georges Bizet, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after Prosper Mérimée’s novella Carmen, directed by Barrie Kosky, Royal Opera 30th November 2018, … Continue reading

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Joseph Bonomi’s Temple of Horus

Joseph Bonomi’s Temple of Horus By Bill Hartley Travelling west out of Leeds railway station the traveller can see three towers close to the tracks. They bring a touch of the Italian renaissance to a Yorkshire city and are all … Continue reading

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A Thought Experiment

A Thought Experiment By Mark Wegierski The thought-experiment is a recognized form of obtaining insight, even in the hard sciences. Aldous Huxley, who died on November 22, 1963, would probably have appreciated a hypothetical situation like the one below. Let … Continue reading

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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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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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ENDNOTES, October 2018

ENDNOTES, October 2018 In this edition: Janacek from Decca, reviewed by Stuart Millson; Bruckner, Wagner & Schoenberg, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, 30thSeptember 2018, Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, reviewed by Leslie Jones The late-19th/early 20th-century Moravian-born Czech composer, … Continue reading

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High-flyer

  High-flyer Solomon, an oratorio in three acts, music by George Frideric Handel, text anonymous, orchestra conducted by Christian Curnyn, a collaboration between The Royal Opera and Early Opera Company, Covent Garden 11th October 2018, reviewed by Leslie Jones Actors should … Continue reading

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