thu 17/10/2019

Features & Interviews

theartsdesk at the Tsinandali Festival: young Caucasians join hands and instruments

David Nice

Two hours' drive from Tbilisi over a beautiful mountain pass, lushly wooded on the descent, the Tsinandali Estate has been central to Georgia's wine-growing district of Kakheti since poet-prince Prince Alexander Chavchavadze produced the first bottle in 1841.

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol


She has more armed guards than she has luggage. She has a sense of purpose even Magsalin admires. She rides along the coast toward a historic place and, by simply stepping on its soil, she will accomplish her duty. An homage to the dead, but not only for her benefit. Films, after all, have a sociality not even the most narcissistic can subvert. They require the possibility of observers. Thus consumers are significant to her story.

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol


She had clutched the envelope given by the shy messenger, but she had never opened it. The Intended.True. The message from the director was for her.A...

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol


At first, what puts Magsalin off at the pastry shop is Chiara’s voice. It is nasal, and her monotone, a bored flatness, even in the most interesting...

'A laboratory for everything': Jasper...

Jasper Parrott

Fiftieth anniversary? It seems incredible but also so exhilarating not least because these times we live in now seem to me to be a golden age for...

Jessye Norman, 1945-2019

David Nice

The great soprano has died at the age of 74, leaving behind a fabulous legacy

Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva on the London Piano Festival: 'It's not just playing one concert and going home'

Charles Owen And Katya Apekisheva

On a meeting of musical friends with a Two-Piano Marathon at its heart

Simon Halsey on Tippett’s ‘A Child of Our Time’: ‘the biggest lesson was how to feel what he had written’

Simon Halsey

The CBSO Chorus's director on preparing a masterpiece, and working with the composer

Al Alvarez: 'If I drop dead this minute, I’ve had a ter­rific time'

Jasper Rees

An encounter with the literary daredevil and critic who published Sylvia Plath

theartsdesk in Hamburg: Reeperbahn Festival 2019 review

Kieron Tyler

Hustle, bustle, Matt Dillon and forehead-slappingly forceful Mancunians in sin city

'This goes beyond music and drama': tenor Nicky Spence on Martinů's 'The Greek Passion'

Nicky Spence

On his Christ-playing character in Opera North's new production of a Czech masterpiece

First Person: Matthew Xia on why his production of 'Amsterdam' feels especially pertinent and vital now

Matthew Xia

The director sets the scene for his debut production at the helm of Actors Touring Company

theartsdesk at the Southrepps Music Festival - world-class young musicians return to North Norfolk

David Nice

Pianist Martin James Bartlett and guitarist Sean Shibe help celebrate a big 10th birthday

Foragers of the Foreshore - London's mudlarks on show

Adrian Evans

The director of Totally Thames introduces this year's festival, including an exhibition of mudlarks and their finds

Power, politics and Peaky Blinders - the Shelby family return for Series 5

Adam Sweeting

Steam-punk gangsters invade the corridors of Westminster

Making new waves: Royce Vavrek on forging a libretto from Lars von Trier

Royce Vavrek

Missy Mazzoli's collaborator on their new operatic version of 'Breaking the Waves'

theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2019 - super-orchestra, top clarinettists, transcendent strings

David Nice

Paavo Järvi motivates an ever-growing family of musicians in Estonia's summer capital

theartsdesk at Itinéraire Baroque 2019 - a musical journey through the Périgord

Alexandra Coghlan

Instrumental/vocal conversations and collisions celebrate the full breadth of the baroque

theartsdesk in Dalarna: Rhinegold in a Swedish barn by a lake

David Nice

Intimate Wagner works a treat with a uniformly world-class cast and a 32-piece orchestra

10th Odessa International Film Festival review - exquisite gay love stories and visionary new music

Peter Culshaw

Not so far from the war zone, the 'Cannes of the East' keeps the film flag flying

theartsdesk Q&A: documentary maker Karen Stokkendal Poulsen

Demetrios Matheou

The Danish director discusses her film ‘On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship’

Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek: 'Is our film porny?'

Ewa Banaszkiewicz And Mateusz Dymek

Directors of My Friend the Polish Girl respond to claims they've set the female cause back two decades

theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival 2019 - in heaven with Dante's Purgatorio and Estonian rites

David Nice

A dramatic tour from the tomb of Italy's greatest poet and music among the mosaics

On making The Left Behind: 'We've plugged into the mains'

Joseph Bullman

The director of Killed By My Debt introduces his new BBC drama about a hate crime

'A product not only of his era but also of his travels': Ian Page on Mozart's cosmopolitan education

Ian Page

The Mozartists' main man on how an early life moving around Europe shaped a genius

theartsdesk in Treviso - cultural patronage, Italian style

David Nice

High-level attention to detail in the Fondazione Benetton's support for the arts

First Person: Damian Cruden on reinvigorating the Bard away from London with Shakespeare's Rose

Damian Cruden

The onetime director of 'The Railway Children' sets out his vision for bringing Shakespeare afresh to the country's 'cultural pageant'

theartsdesk in Svalbard: cultural excellence at the top of the world

David Nice

At 78 degrees north, polar bears outnumber people - but Norway's musical flag flies high

Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'

Jasper Rees

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96


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