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Oper Leipzig, The Ring

Oper Leipzig, The Ring Wagner:The Ring of the Nibelung, Oper Leipzig, from 11th April 2018, directed by Rosamund Gilmore, conducted by Ulf Schirmer, reviewed by TONY COOPER Leipzig is rich in musical history. Richard Wagner was born here, Felix Bartholdy … Continue reading

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Reflections on Opera

Reflections on Opera What Opera Means: Categories and Case-Studies, Christopher Wintle, edited by Kate Hopkins, Boydell & Brewer, 2018, 288 pp, pb., £15.99, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN Books on opera abound. Books on Wagner, alone, are said to be as … Continue reading

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Trashing Populism

Trashing Populism by Ilana Mercer To say that academic elites don’t like ordinary folks is to state the obvious. To them, Lanford, Illinois—the fictional, archetypal, working-class town, made famous by Roseanne and Dan Conner—is not to be listened to, but … Continue reading

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Wrestling with Demons

Wrestling with Demons Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk; opera in four acts, music by Dmitry Shostakovich, libretto by Shostakovich and Alexander Preys after the novella by Nikolai Leskov, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, revival of the 2004 production directed by Richard … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, April 2018

ENDNOTES, April 2018 In this edition: 20th-century choral music by Sir Arthur Bliss, Frank Martin and Bohuslav Martinu; piano concertos by Grieg and Delius, reviewed by STUART MILLSON Two superbly-produced CDs of choral music have recently appeared – one, a … Continue reading

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Manipulator’s Dilemma

Manipulator’s Dilemma by Thomas Meehan There is much talk about influence in media. We are warned to be on our guard against hard to detect suggestions delivered from all sides, as in “fake news.” Fair enough, but what happens when … Continue reading

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The Village Murderer

The Village Murderer by Bill Hartley There has been a great deal of coverage in the press of late about a decision by the Parole Board to grant early release to a notorious sex offender. The Board has the thankless … Continue reading

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Falstaff, Staatsoper Berlin

Verdi’s Falstaff, Staatsoper Berlin, Wednesday 28th March 2018, director Mario Martone, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, reviewed by TONY COOPER Verdi’s Falstaff mirrors the two buses scenario for me this year. Up until now I haven’t caught a production of this opera … Continue reading

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Stop the “Refugee Caravan” Invasion!

Stop the “Refugee Caravan” Invasion! by Ilana Mercer Planning for a show-down, a column of 1,500 Central Americans, largely from Honduras, has been beating a path to the Mexican-American border. Some report that the column has been halted; others dispute … Continue reading

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When Merit-Based Hiring is Deemed Racist

When Merit-Based Hiring is Deemed Racist  by Ilana Mercer  As individuals, we all want the best doctors treating us, the best pilots flying the airplanes we board, the best engineers designing the bridges we cross, the best scientists inventing and … Continue reading

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