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theartsdesk exclusive: Chris & Cosey Live at Sónar

We are very happy to present a stream of Chris & Cosey's live set recorded on the 12th June on the Red Bull Music Academy SónarDome stage at the Sónar festival in Barcelona.As the duo explained...

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Listed: 10 Great Trouser Roles

It's the genre of gender-bending and cross-dressing, where women play warriors and men sing like women (while playing warriors). But when it comes to opera, who really wears the trousers? For at...

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Listed: Unmissable BBC Proms

The first bit of the annual Proms ritual is now out of the way, with the publication of the brochure. The next step is at 9am on Saturday 17 May when thousands of people prepare to do simultaneous...

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Gallery: Stars of the Glyndebourne Chorus

Its constituent parts come in all sizes, tall and small, compact or full-bodied, and span the ages. But put them all together and an operatic chorus is a vast but single organism that sings – and...

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Six of the best: Theatre

PLAYSBuyer & Cellar, Menier Chocolate Factory **** Hit American comedy deliciously skewers Barbra Streisand and our culture of acquisition. Until 2 MayCarmen Disruption, Almeida Theatre ****...

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Listed: Hauschka's Abandoned Cities

Hauschka is a musician and composer from Düsseldorf, performing in what has been dubbed a "post-classical" vein, although he also has many fans in the electronica scene. His new album Abandoned City...

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Six of the best: Art

Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art, British Museum More than the sum of its parts: an exploration of how the human form was perfected. Until 5 JulyRavilious, Dulwich Picture Gallery (see...

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The New Arts Desk Radio Show 2

Welcome to the second of our new shows, brought to you in conjunction with MEATtransMISSION.In this edition, originally recorded and broadcast on Valentine's weekend, Peter Culshaw and Joe Muggs...

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Kiri at 70

Even more deserving of the sobriquet “the beautiful voice” than Renée Fleming, the natural successor who virtually copyrighted it, Kiri te Kanawa was one of the great sopranos of the 20th century....

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Listed: How I Do Love Thee

Love is in the air. Today, men and women and boys and girls will be pondering how to say it with roses and cards and candlelit dinners: those three words that contain multitudes. As the old strip...

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South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2014

Poor David Bowie. He didn't win a Grammy for his album The Next Day, and he didn't win a South Bank Sky Arts Award today either. That honour went to Arctic Monkeys and their fifth album AM, as Melvyn...

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Abbado Memories of the Berlin Phil Horns

Claudio Abbado became the Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1989 and continued his association with the world's most illustrious orchestra until very recently. Two members of the...

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Addio, Claudio Abbado

“It is at the end that a composer can achieve his finest effects,“ declared Richard Strauss. He was thinking of his great operatic and symphonic epilogues, but apply that to the art of conducting,...

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Listed: The Best Uncredited Cameos

There are no awards, nor nominations. On the plus side there are no publicity chores either. And there is none of that contractual argy-bargy about billing. In this week’s Listed, there is no billing...

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theartsdesk's Top 13 Films of 2013: 5 - 1

With the end of 2013 nearly upon us it's time for a last look back before we step forward into the unknown. Yesterday our rundown of the year's finest films took you from a radiant romance to a...

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New Music 2013: A Death-Defying Industry

2013 was the year that Thom Yorke, somewhat tautologically, referred to the music business as “a dying corpse”, and Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun claimed that same business “doesn't exist any...

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