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    1. March 4, 2013

      The Threepenny Opera, Royal Festival Hall, London

      As the onstage band launched into the second-act finale of this once-notorious “play with music”, the auditorium lights came...

    2. January 18, 2013

      Blood, tears and musical scores

      Like a violent centrifuge, the middle of the 20th century threw music into chaos, scattering composers in all directions...

    1. January 14, 2013

      London Schools Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

      It was a shame that the faces in the orchestra were so glum. Inviting the ebullient Austrian composer H.K. Gruber to conduct...

    2. July 23, 2012

      Zaubernacht, Ravinia Festival, Illinois

      The production at the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony and America’s oldest outdoor music festival, of...

    3. January 29, 2012

      Evan Parker’s ‘Might I Suggest’, Vortex, London

      The London jazz club’s second annual Evan Parker-curated “Might I Suggest” Festival presented a six-night programme...

    4. December 12, 2011

      Magical Night, Linbury Theatre, London

      It depends, I suppose, what your young understand as “magical”. Magical Night is a new entertainment for children,...

    5. April 18, 2011

      L’Opéra de quat’sous, Comédie-Française, Paris

      Voluptuous: Léonie Simaga Financial meltdown has made the pull of Brecht and Weill’s Threepenny Opera – the 1928 masterpiece...

    6. February 18, 2011

      Andrew Clark on ‘Anna Nicole’

      What a tragedy. What a waste. Not the life of Anna Nicole Smith, stupid – though the American bimbo who died of a drug...

    7. January 28, 2011

      Knickerbocker Holiday, Alice Tully Hall, New York

      Knickerbocker Holiday, exhumed in concert form by the Collegiate Chorale on Tuesday, is an odd work with an odd history....

    8. December 2, 2010

      The Cradle Will Rock/ Gandhi and Coconuts, Arcola, London

      Josie Benson gives a tune to march to in ’The Cradle will Rock’ “It’s very vile,” remarked my companion in the interval of...

    9. November 8, 2010

      Songs from a Hotel Bedroom, Linbury Theatre, London

      Frances Ruffelle and Nigel Richards Was it theatre? Was it music? Was it dance? There were questions aplenty on the way in...

    10. September 18, 2009

      A strut down the catwalk of vice

      This was a night of the Bs - Bertolt Brecht, the Berliner Ensemble and Bob (Wilson). The great and the good were out in...

    11. September 17, 2009

      L’Opéra de quat’sous, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris

      This was a night of the Bs – Bertolt Brecht, the Berliner Ensemble and Bob (Wilson). The great and the good were out in...

    12. September 14, 2009

      Guide: Arts around the world

      Paris Autumn Festival The festival, which was founded in 1972, returns for its annual run. This three-month celebration...

    13. September 11, 2009

      Arts around the world

      ParisAutumn Festival The festival, which was founded in 1972, returns for its annual run. This three-month celebration will...

    14. June 2, 2009

      LPO, Royal Festival Hall, London

      The German rock band Rammstein is notorious for its outrageous performances. Stunts have included simulated sex, nudity and...

    15. March 18, 2009

      The Firebrand of Florence

      Alice Tully Hall is the talk of this talky town. Having served since 1969 as a comfortably dowdy haven for chamber music at...

    16. March 17, 2009

      The Firebrand of Florence, Alice Tully Hall, New York

      The Firebrand of FlorenceAlice Tully Hall, New York Alice Tully Hall is the talk of this talky town. Having served since...

    17. January 31, 2009

      Dance - Clement Crisp

      Royal Ballet triple bill Royal Opera House London WC2 Today, at matinee and evening, you can see the first performances of...

    18. January 22, 2009

      The Beggar’s Opera, Linbury Theatre, London

      If ever there was a time for the son of John Gay to arise, this is it. His successor would surely revel in the era of the...

    19. January 18, 2009

      Skin Deep, Grand, Leeds

      The marketing slogan for Dr Needlemeier’s Alpine clinic is “Putting right what Nature got wrong”. In David Sawer’s new...

    20. August 10, 2008

      Indictment of monetary greed sold short

      Mahagonny/The Two Widows, Usher Hall/Festival Theatre, Edinburgh Once upon a time, Scotland’s banks made a show of largesse...

    21. August 2, 2008

      Live music

      Cornelius August 3, Shepherds Bush Empire, London W12 Lauded as Japan's Beck for his genre-hopping habits, Cornelius brings...

    22. July 20, 2008

      Street Scene, Young Vic, London

      A scene can refer to a segment of drama or to a shocking showdown in public; in this powerful 1947 opera-musical (book by...

    23. May 21, 2008

      Doomed love and jaded floozies

      Dance galas tend to follow a formula and the one opening American Ballet Theatre’s spring season didn’t differ much from...

    24. May 14, 2008

      Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

      The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is an autonomous ensemble, nearly 50 years old, that manages to make its mark without a...

    25. May 13, 2008

      St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Zankel Hall, New York

      The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is an autonomous ensemble, nearly 50 years old, that manages to make its mark without a...

    26. April 8, 2008

      Lost Highway

      For a few years, English National Opera has been the target of sniping from people who think it should try out more unusual...

    27. April 7, 2008

      Lost Highway, Young Vic, London

      For a few years, English National Opera has been the target of sniping by people who think it should try out more unusual...

    28. April 3, 2008

      Edinburgh given European edge

      The challenges facing Europe as its map is redrawn are the inspiration behind the Edinburgh International Festival this...

    29. May 26, 2007

      LIVE PREVIEWS

      Beyoncé June 1, Birmingham NEC, then touring Ever the professional, Beyoncé doesn't disappoint live. The ballads tend to be...

    30. May 24, 2007

      Passing Strange, Public Theatre, New York

      The roots of rock and roll are squarely in gospel and the blues, yet each time an African-American performer plays a style...

    31. April 26, 2007

      Three daring nights in Lyons

      After Janácek, Offenbach and Kurt Weill, this year’s mini-marathon at the annual festival in Lyons is six one-act operas....

    32. August 15, 2006

      X marks the spot for pirate ballads

      Before automation and containerisation, sailors had plenty of free time, hence ships-in-bottles and scrimshaw. They sang to...

    33. August 12, 2006

      Music

      Edinburgh - NEW This is Brian McMaster's 15th and last festival: it promises to be a good one. Tomorrow's opening event at...

    34. August 4, 2006

      Henze's Voices

      BBC PromsRoyal Albert Hall, London As well as the main concerts there is also a "red eye" late-night Prom once a week or...

    35. June 27, 2006

      Weill Double Bill

      Opéra national de Lyon The Lindbergh Flight and The Seven Deadly Sins are stylistically opposed examples of Kurt Weill's...

    36. April 4, 2006

      Arms and the Cow

      Alhambra Theatre, Bradford Kurt Weill's operetta Der Kuhhandel has a limited stage history. Begun shortly after he had fled...

    37. December 2, 2005

      One life to live

      When Lisa Spiro celebrated her 50th birthday, City grandee Rupert Hambro told guests at the Savoy Grill - opened specially...

    38. November 5, 2005

      Dance

      La Sylphide and Manon The Royal Ballet plays its newest, and one of its finest, acquisitions: Johan Kobborg's brilliant...

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