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Features & Interviews

theartsdesk in Stockholm: A Nobel Prize for Musical Excellence

David Nice

Should you not have caught one of the 20th century’s handful of greatest Wagnerian singers live - I did, just once, in a Prom of uneven excerpts - chances are that you first heard Birgit Nilsson in Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung on Sir Georg Solti’s Vienna Philharmonic Ring recording. The distinguished President of the Birgit Nilsson Prize who lives in the orchestra's wonderful city, physicist, economist and Nilsson’s biggest if always most respectful fan Professor Doktor...

Robert Wyatt: Different Every Time

Marcus O'Dair

As the presenter of a regular music podcast for a national newspaper, I used to be in the happy position of interviewing one or two artists of my choice per month, provided they were signed to an independent label. So when Domino released a Robert Wyatt box set in 2008, I spent a glorious afternoon with Robert and his wife and creative partner Alfie, in their Lincolnshire garden. I enjoyed myself so much, in fact, that I set out to find an excuse to do it again.Different Every Time, my...

RIP Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape

Joe Muggs

It has been announced by the Hyperdub label that Stephen Samuel Gordon, better known as The Spaceape, vocalist, poet and live performer, passed away...

theartsdesk in Bamberg: Top Town, Top Orchestra

David Nice

As a town of 70,000 or so people, Bamberg boxes dazzlingly above its weight in at least two spheres. The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, risen to giddy...

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)


He was not only a bracing conductor/harpsichordist pioneer in period-instrument authenticity, writes David Nice, but also a gentleman and a scholar....

theartsdesk Q&A: Singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan

Joe Muggs

After only nine years' break, the introspective Edinburgh songwriter is back

theartsdesk in Cadaqués: Inside Dalí

Markie Robson-Scott

A Catalan fishing village is the world capital of Surrealism

First Person: From Insolence to Defiance

Paul Simmonds

Lyrical country meets rollicking cowpunk: Paul Simmonds on writing songs for two very different new albums

Opinion: What's the point of short film?

Debbi Lander

The director of the Encounters Film Festival leaps to the short film's defence

theartsdesk in Helsinki: Niubi Festival

Kieron Tyler

Head-spinning Mongolians, intense Indonesians and bull-roaring locals at the festival building bridges between Finland and east Asia

Immoral Tales: When Art Met Pornography

Kieron Tyler

Walerian Borowczyk's controversial, censor-baiting Seventies film is re-released

Happy Birthday To Us: theartsdesk is Five

Peter Culshaw

Huzzah! We're blowing out the candles on half a decade of cultural coverage

Listed: theartsdesk's Greatest Hits


To celebrate theartsdesk's fifth birthday, we share your favourite reads

theartsdesk in Limerick: A Royal Visit From Grandma

Veronica Lee

Royal de Luxe put on gigantic show in City of Culture

Joan Rivers, 1933-2014

Fisun Güner

The first lady of comedy whose biggest dread was an empty diary

LFF 2014: Programme Launch

Matt Wolf

Oscar hopeful war films to bookend 'bubbling cauldron' that is LFF

Time, Weather, Place: Folkestone Triennial 2014

Fisun Güner

Headless 'terror' chickens, a naff baroque beach hut, and digging for gold

theartsdesk in Budapest: Sziget to City

Tim Cumming

Fireworks, a festival, and a permanent display of Hungarian applied arts

Richard Attenborough, 1923-2014

Nick Hasted

As filmmaker and man, Attenborough had a tireless energy for useful work

theartsdesk in Verbier: Festival with Fireworks

Alexandra Coghlan

Mozart and Mahler at a festival that's about so much more than just star-power

Frightfest 2014: Preview

Katherine McLaughlin

Werewolves, psychopaths and bloody murders deliver disturbing delights

Lauren Bacall: 'Just put your lips together and blow'

Matt Wolf

The screen made her, but she would become a stage tigress, not least when she sang

Listed: The laughter and tears of Robin Williams

Jasper Rees

From Mork to mawkish, the clips that define a brilliant career

10 Questions for singer Laura Mvula

Russ Coffey

The critic's darling talks Birmingham, fame, books and why she's re-recorded her debut album

theartsdesk in La Foce: War and Peace in Val d'Orcia

David Nice

Musical youth and experience gather in one of the world's most beautiful landscapes

Alright on the Night: at Glyndebourne with the OAE

Adam Sweeting

The view from the pit as Handel's 'Rinaldo' returns to leafiest East Sussex

Opinion: The Tricycle were right over the UK Jewish Film Festival

Fisun Güner

An arts organisation for once takes an ethical stand and are unjustly pilloried for it

First Person: 'Thomas Bernhard? I love him'

Peter Eyre

The actor Peter Eyre introduces the German rarity he is bringing to the Edinburgh Festival

theartsdesk in Bregenz: A floating opera festival

Alexandra Coghlan

Operatic fireworks (and dragons and acrobats) at the Bregenz Festival


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