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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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