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First Person: Hannah Khalil on museum as metaphor in her new play for the RSC

Hannah Khalil

It all started in 2009 in the National Portrait Gallery. I’d had a meeting nearby so popped in to get a cuppa and stare at the beautiful rooftop view of London from their top-floor café, but a picture caught my eye. It was part of an exhibition of Victorian Women Explorers, a photograph of a woman with a rather severe face. The label said something like: "Gertrude Bell – Mountaineer, Explorer, Diplomat and Spy.

‘We must not allow boorish, opportunistic autocrats to hijack music’: Gabriela Montero on life and art

Gabriela Montero

For as long as I can remember, there has been a continuous loop of original music playing in my mind. My father used to joke about my “tuyuyo” – a little bump I have on the back of my head – that it was my personal repository for music. My husband, less versed in Venezuelan colloquialisms, simply refers to it as “the iPod”.

The deathless Alicia Alonso, in person

Ismene Brown

The magnificent, controversial Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, who asserted that she would live to 200, died yesterday in Havana, aged nearly 99....

theartsdesk at the Tsinandali Festival: young...

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-...

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...

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol


Extract II of III - Days of the Dead

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol


Extract I of III - Translations

'A laboratory for everything': Jasper Parrott on the future of his classical music agency

Jasper Parrott

As Harrison Parrott celebrates 50 years with concerts on Sunday, its main mover reflects

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


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