wed 19/06/2019

Features & Interviews

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

Jasper Rees

"I am amazed to be still alive. Two hours of medieval torment.” Franco Zeffirelli - who has died at the age of 96 - had spent the day having a lumbar injection to treat a sciatic nerve. You could hear the bafflement in his heavily accented English.

Roger Wright on Oliver Knussen: ‘his challenge to us all to remain curious lives on’

Roger Wright

The composition course founded more than 25 years ago at Snape by composers Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews is in full swing. The scene is the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings on the Suffolk coast. Like Colin, Olly's connections to Aldeburgh and Snape are deep and long lasting, including his Artistic Directorship of the Festival.

First Person: Matt Henry on fulfilling 'a...

Matt Henry

When I first read One Night in Miami, I instantly felt a strong connection to the piece and its story. The fact that Sam Cooke,...

Bob Dylan Special - Rolling Thunder Revue, Netflix

Tim Cumming

Tomorrow, Martin Scorsese delivers, via Netflix, two hours and 22 minutes of screen time devoted to Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, following on...

Bob Dylan Special - theartsdesk Q&A: Scarlet...

Tim Cumming

As Martin Scorsese’s new feature film, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, hits Netflix and cinemas, and a new 14 CD boxed set enters the...

theartsdesk in Bergen: Gothic shocks and Romantic treats

Boyd Tonkin

Genres and periods mix and match in style at Norway's premier arts festival

theartsdesk in Gothenburg: concert-hall storytelling rivets at the Point Music Festival

David Nice

Galvanizing Santtu-Matias Rouvali kicks off, and two dozen instrumentalists go barefoot

First Person: Conductor Maxime Pascal on Stockhausen at the Southbank Centre

Maxime Pascal

The man in control of a cosmic opera tonight on its visionary German composer

Cannes 2019: Week One - a genre-heavy opening

Joseph Walsh

The 72nd film festival showcases ghouls, the gig economy, and gun-wielding avengers

First Person: Ellen McDougall on finding the commonality in the American classic 'Our Town'

Ellen McDougall

The director explains what drew her to the season-opener this summer at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park

First Person: Liam Byrne on bringing Versailles to the City's 'Culture Mile'

Liam Byrne

The viola da gamba player on pleasures at the Barbican's free Sound Unbound festival

theartsdesk in Tallinn and Tartu: Estonian Music Days go global

David Nice

Latest host of the International Society for Contemporary Music still leads the way

First Person: Sam Lee on singing with endangered nightingales

Sam Lee

The folk singer on streaming for Extinction Rebellion and the Absolute Bird series

First Person: Robert Hollingworth on I Fagiolini's 'Leonardo - Shaping the Invisible'

Robert Hollingworth

Images reflected in music 500 years after the ultimate Renaissance man's death

Obituary: Bibi Andersson 1935-2019

David Thompson

David Thompson pays tribute to one of cinema's most enduring icons

For Folk's Sake: 'I owe my very existence to Morris dancing'

Richard Macer

Richard Macer, who has made documentaries about Vogue and dyslexia, introduces his latest

In the spirit of the composer as innovator: Samir Savant on the London Handel Festival

Samir Savant

The director presents a month of enterprising events

theartsdesk in Zanzibar - behind the veil

Andy Morgan

Searching for the real island at this year's Sauti za Busara festival of African Music

Keith Flint, 1969-2019

Thomas H Green

The Prodigy lose their punk brother, Keith Flint, aged only 49

A Previn treasury

David Nice

Selected recordings of the great musician, who has died just short of his 90th birthday

Trevor Nunn: 'I'm amazed by Harley Granville Barker's prescience and extraordinary modernity'

Sir Trevor Nunn

The veteran director introduces the London premiere of the English dramatist's heretofore unknown play, 'Agnes Colander'

theartsdesk in Tromsø: the celluloid Cold War

Demetrios Matheou

The Tromsø Film Festival in Norway has revealed some little-seen spy films from behind the Iron Curtain

theartsdesk Q&A: Shirley Collins - 'There was no way I could ever sing to be popular'

Kieron Tyler

Ahead of next week’s Roundhouse concert, the voice of traditional English music reveals some unexpected musical likes and much more

Director Alexandria Bombach: 'I feel like a completely different person'

Owen Richards

Director of On Her Shoulders on filming Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad

theartsdesk Q&A: Hedvig Mollestad, Norway's bridge between heavy metal and jazz

Kieron Tyler

The genre-busting guitarist talks about new album 'Smells Funny', a rotting eyeball and more

'Bringing things to life is what opera is all about': Robert Howarth on a 'Magic Flute' with a difference

Robert Howarth

Opera North's Mozart conductor on taking a careful look at a masterpiece

Best of 2018: Classical concerts

David Nice

Abundant megatalent in works great and small

Best of 2018: Opera

David Nice

A year more remarkable for high musical values than any wealth of great UK productions

Global fiction: the pick of 2018

Boyd Tonkin

From Iraq to Japan, a baker's dozen of translated novels to widen literary horizons

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