tue 24/04/2018

Features & Interviews

10 Questions for Courtney Pine: 'How do you express rage?'

Matthew Wright

Over 30 years after he made his debut as a solo artist, woodwind multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine is still Britain’s most prominent and influential jazz musician. He had a crucial role in reviving interest in jazz in the 1980s and 1990s, and has been an important role model for black British musicians.

theartsdesk in Bremen: 150 years of A German Requiem

David Nice

They did things differently in 1858. Between the movements of Brahms's surprising new Requiem in the Biblical German of Martin Luther, resounding in Bremen's Romanesque Cathedral on Good Friday, came "Erbarme dich" from Bach's St Matthew Passion, Schumann's "Abendlied" and "I know that my redeemer liveth" from Handel's Messiah.

Helaine Blumenfeld: Britain’s most successful...

Rupert Edwards

Sexy is an overused word in the arts but it’s an adjective you can’t help applying to some of Helaine Blumenfeld’s voluptuous marble sculptures as...

theartsdesk in Kraków - Easter music with a...

Miranda Heggie

Held annually every Holy Week, Kraków’s Misteria Paschalia is one of the continent’s most vibrant early music festivals. With an increasing focus on...

Soprano Ruby Hughes on Handel's last prima...

Ruby Hughes

Who was Giulia Frasi? This is so often the response I get when I mention the name of this Italian singer who came to London and became Handel’s last...

Manon, Royal Ballet review - glitter and betray

David Nice

Francesca Hayward makes a virtue of a pleasure-loving enigma in pacy MacMillan revival

theartsdesk at the Lucerne Easter Festival: Haitink, Schiff and an alternative Passion

David Nice

Greatest living conductor lights the way as mentor in three days of musical excellence

Glyndebourne Opera Cup - a view from inside

Jessica Duchen

A Mozartian challenge pulls its weight at prestigious new forum for young singers

Listed: The 10 Best Biblical Novels

Michael Arditti

An Easter pick of Scriptural stories that command belief

Sir Matthew Bourne remembers Scott Ambler 1960-2018 – 'A prince among men'

Matthew Bourne

New Adventures Artistic Director's tribute to his core collaborator and star performer

'There's a poetry in painting that gives endless possibilities'

Alexandra Baraitser

Painter Alexandra Baraitser on curating her sixth exhibition, 'Silent Painting'

Antony Sher: Year of the Mad King - extract

Antony Sher

The actor's Lear Diaries tell of his preparation to clamber up theatre's tallest peak for the RSC

'In order to write my book I had to kill Jane Austen'

Rachel Halliburton

Rachel Halliburton's novel The Optickal Illusion confronts the settled narrative of Regency heroines

theartsdesk in Korea: national pride and candour

Peter Quantrill

Music and art without borders in a country cut in half

Oscars 2018: The shape of a snoozefest

Matt Wolf

Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman and 'The Shape of Water' triumph at a very serious ceremony

theartsdesk in Germany - Baltic mastery in Berlin and Leipzig

David Nice

Neeme Järvi conducts an Estonian epic, Latvian Andris Nelsons becomes 21st Gewandhauskapellmeister

theartsdesk in Minsk: feasting with Belarus Free Theatre

Jasper Rees

The renowned underground theatre company confronts the past and present at home and abroad

'The greatest play ever written': translating The Cherry Orchard

Rory Mullarkey

Rory Mullarkey introduces his new version of Chekhov's masterpiece for Bristol Old Vic

Tony Banks: ‘You either do it by diplomacy or you do it by violence’ - interview

Adam Sweeting

From Genesis to regeneration, the keyboard player's tale

Clio Barnard: 'We need to talk about sexual abuse' - interview

Owen Richards

The director of 'Dark River' discusses tackling sexual trauma and why she’s drawn to Yorkshire

'These star-crossed lovers are so young': adapting Brighton Rock

Bryony Lavery

How to turn Graham Greene's novel into a play: the playwright Bryony Lavery explains

John Mahoney: 'I wanted to be like everybody else'

Jasper Rees

How the Manchester-born star of 'Frasier' became a naturalised Midwesterner

Having a Verdi ball: conductor Richard Farnes on Opera North's upcoming production

Richard Farnes

Hugely respected former Music Director on returning for 'Un ballo in maschera'

Best of 2017: Dance


Classical ballet dominates the highlights reel as chosen by theartsdesk's critics

Best of 2017: Comedy

Veronica Lee

The shows that have stayed with me

Best of 2017: Classical concerts

David Nice

UK orchestras on top form, while there's a bright future for enterprise elsewhere

Best of 2017: Opera

David Nice

Company spirit and artistic teamwork top of the list

Bach Cantatas - not just for Christmas

David Nice

Plan a year of listening to the greatest music known to man

Bolshoi's controversial Nureyev ballet opens – to ovations and bans

Ismene Brown

Creator Kirill Serebrennikov, under house arrest, denied permission to see his own ballet


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