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Features & Interviews

First Person: conductor Enrique Mazzola on Verdi's time-travelling 'Luisa Miller'

Enrique Mazzola

It is difficult to know why some operas succeed while others remain unknown. The reasons can be emotional or historical, or it might be as simple as a poor cast who couldn’t quite launch the opera into the stars. In the case of Luisa Miller, we have the perfect example of a masterpiece which has been a little bit neglected.

10 Questions for Harry Grafton of Red Rooster Festival

Thomas H Green

Harry Grafton (b. 1978) is the preferred title of Henry Fitzroy, 12th Duke of Grafton, custodian of Euston Hall in Suffolk and the man behind the Red Rooster Festival.

First Person: Héloïse Werner on a live...

Héloïse Werner

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to perform with musicians like the ones I’ll be sharing the St John’s Smith Square stage with on...

An Oral History of Glastonbury Festival 1992

Thomas H Green

There is never one Glastonbury Festival. There are as many Glastonbury Festivals as there are people who attend. Thus it ever was, even back in 1992...

'In music, we are together':...

Jess Gillam

For over a year, many concert halls' doors have been firmly shut, the curtains drawn and the lights out. As we begin to emerge into a new world and...

First Person: Roxanna Panufnik on a new version of her 'Letters from Burma' in aid of Myanmar refugees

Roxanna Panufnik

The composer on why she expanded a chamber piece for London Mozart Players

From cancellation to new vigour: pianist and artistic director Joseph Middleton on Leeds Lieder

Joseph Middleton

One of our most enterprising younger-generation performers on renewing a major festival

First Person: Director Maria Aberg on drawing fresh inspiration for the future

Maria Aberg

The theatre-maker sets out her stall for an ambitious, pan-European venture

First Person: playwright Tanika Gupta on being back in the rehearsal room once more

Tanika Gupta

The writer expresses her joy at going 'Out West'

Glastonbury Festival: Live at Worthy Farm livestream review - glitched access upstages beautifully shot live footage

Caspar Gomez

Calamitous technical upset overshadows Coldplay, HAIM, Damon Albarn, Kano, IDLES and the rest

Music books to end lockdown: Sam Lee, Hawkwind, Dylan, Richard Thompson, and the Electric Muses

Tim Cumming

From nightingale song to sonic attack via folk rock and the world's greatest songwriter, spring 2021's best music books

Christa Ludwig, 1928-2021: a selective tribute

David Nice

The German mezzo-soprano embraced the light and the dark at a transcendental level

Extract: Blackface by Ayanna Thompson


Examining the history and legacies of this racist performance mode

First Person: Boris Giltburg on lockdown interruptions to filming Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas

Boris Giltburg

The Moscow-born Israeli pianist on an odyssey that took several unexpected turns

First Person: composer and Renaissance man Tunde Jegede on transcending genres

Tunde Jegede

Crossing boundaries for Southampton's 'Mayflower 400: Voyages of the Heart' project

Helen McCrory: 'If there's one interesting thing about acting it's trying to lose your ego'

Jasper Rees

Three encounters with the great actor who has died at the age of 52

The Royal Ballet - variations on a comeback

Jenny Gilbert

How one major ballet company survived to dance another day

The Master Musicians of Joujouka review - a 4000 year-old rock'n'roll band

Mark Kidel

Healing music from the Rif Mountains of Morocco

Filmmaker Darius Marder: 'Deafness is a culture. That's not being PC'

Owen Richards

Writer and director on Sound of Metal's long journey from concept to award nominations

Extract: TV by Susan Bordo


On 75 years of changing TV, changing habits and the relationship between TV and Trump

First Person: violinist Abigail Young on getting back to her Japanese orchestra in Covid year

Abigail Young

Leader of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa on the trials of returning to what she loves

Extract from Sauntering: Writers Walk Europe, introduced and edited by Duncan Minshull


An ode to leisurely aimlessness

First Person: Anna Lucia Richter on Monteverdi and a transition from soprano to mezzo

Anna Lucia Richter

A last gift from the pre-Covid era followed by surprises in a time of pandemic

theartsdesk Q&A: Daryl Hall

Owen Richards

Legendary singer-songwriter talks recording, vaccines and reaching a billion streams

First Person: Clare Norburn on how she came to write her ambitious Zoom-era drama, 'Love in the Lockdown'

Clare Norburn

Writer-producer Clare Norburn elaborates upon her self-isolation online play

‘The Healing Power of Music’: composer Nigel Hess on great-aunt Myra’s wartime concerts

Nigel Hess

Parallels between lockdown solace and a great Dame's National Gallery events

Britney Spears (1998-present): The Video Special

Thomas H Green

Britney on video: 23 years of salacious self-objectification and hyper-kitsch

Disc of the Day 10th Anniversary: the level playing field

Joe Muggs

Ten years of record reviews show how sometimes deranged variety works in our (and the records') favour

Reviewing music off-piste: reflections on working beyond the comfort zone

Mark Kidel

The joy of adventure on unfamiliar ground


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