Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Rattle and Hun

Rattle and Hun Sir Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic, Staatsoper, Unter Den Linden, Berlin, December 2017: Stravinsky, Petrushka, Rachmaninov, Symphony No. 3 in A minor. Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Konzerthauss, Berlin. Reviewed by TONY COOPER Sergei Rachmaninov wrote his Third Symphony in 1936, … Continue reading

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Mad Days in Münster

Mad Days in Münster Le prophète, Grand Opera in 5 acts composed by Giacomo Meyerbeer, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, November 26th, 2017, directed by Olivier Py, conducted by Enrique Mazzola, reviewed by TONY COOPER Le prophète forms part of a project … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Geniza Texts

Egypt’s Geniza Texts Darrell Sutton considers an incomparable collection  Discoveries are sometimes made by accident, as archaeologists can readily attest. Hidden passageways can lead to welcome treasures of real historical value. This happened in the case of Howard Carter (1874-1939) … Continue reading

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Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas BILL HARTLEY salutes a Hollywood hero Very few stars from the great days of Hollywood are still with us. One who is and who has entered his eleventh decade is Kirk Douglas, who on December 9th celebrates his … Continue reading

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Mourning Sickness

Mourning Sickness  Lucia di Lammermoor; tragic opera in three acts, music composed by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor, directed by Katie Mitchell, conductor Michele Mariotti, Royal Opera, 30th October … Continue reading

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Rape Seed

Rape Seed Les Vêpres Siciliennes; Grand Opera in five acts, music composed by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Eugène Scribe & Charles Duveyrier, sung in French with English surtitles, directed by Stefan Herheim, conducted by Maurizio Benini, Royal Opera, 12th October 2017, reviewed … Continue reading

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Epistle to the Romans, part 1

Epistle to the Romans, part 1 A new translation by Darrell Sutton of Paul’s timeless text Introduction October 31, 1517 was a fateful day in early-modern German history. For it was on that date that Martin Luther (1483-1546) published his … Continue reading

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Slave Morality

Slave Morality Aida, opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, directed by Phelim McDermott, ENO, 28th September 2017, in collaboration with the theatre company Improbable, reviewed by LESLIE JONES Interviewed by the … Continue reading

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Parsifal, Reloaded

Parsifal, Reloaded Parsifal, Bayreuth Festival, Germany, 21st August 2017, director Uwe Eric Laufenberg, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen, reviewed by Tony Cooper Parsifal, Wagner’s farewell to the world, was completed in January 1882 and was first seen in that year. This … Continue reading

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Contention City

Contention City Bill Hartley, in a mythic landscape In Tombstone, none of the locals knew precisely where Contention City was. They’d all heard of it but even the otherwise helpful ladies at the information office were at a loss. In … Continue reading

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