fri 19/04/2019

Features & Interviews

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

Richard Macer

Halfway through filming For Folk’s Sake, a documentary for BBC Four about Morris dancing, I received a package in the post that would dramatically change the course of the programme. It was from my mother.

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

Samir Savant

This is my third year as festival director of the London Handel Festival, an annual celebration of the life and work of composer George Frideric Handel, which takes place every spring in venues across the capital.

theartsdesk in Zanzibar - behind the veil

Andy Morgan

Damn exotica. It has a habit of marshalling your gaze away from shabby Soviet-style apartment blocks and training it on white-washed palaces with...

Keith Flint, 1969-2019

Thomas H Green

It is hard to absorb the news that Keith Flint of The Prodigy has been found dead at his home in Essex. Keith Flint! The guy with the double Mohican...

A Previn treasury

David Nice

In a way, he was a second Bernstein. Only 11 years Lenny's junior, and living to the much riper age of 89 – his 90th birthday would have been on 6...

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

theartsdesk in Brno: Czech 100th feted through Janáček and Smetana

David Nice

Rarities in a festival featuring an entire operatic canon, plus heartfelt celebrations

'I’ve told everyone that it’s a comedy – but will anyone laugh?' Jonathan Dove on his new Marx opera

Jonathan Dove

Top British composer awaits Bonn premiere of his new work about a German in London

theartsdesk in Gothenburg - Wagner's gold turns green

Boyd Tonkin

Stephen Langridge talks about his eco-friendly Swedish 'Ring'

10 Questions for DJ / producer Rob Smith of Smith & Mighty

Joe Muggs

Bristol bass movers and shakers rightly getting their due

Robert Hastie: 'a seam of love runs through the play' - interview

Heather Neill

The director talks about Macbeth in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, cross-gender casting and the director's role

Don Quixote rides again, and again

Jasper Rees

The RSC's stage version reaches the West End, while Terry Gilliam's film is stuck in a legal vortex

First Person Plural: the Calidore String Quartet on music for their torn nation

Calidore String Quartet

How Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Janáček and Golijov speak for our troubled times

Refreshing the sonic spectrum: disability and excellence in British orchestras

Joe Turnbull

A musical evolution for the 21st Century

More Blood, More Tracks review - Bob Dylan opens up

Tim Cumming

The fourteenth volume in the Bootleg Series is a keeper

theartsdesk in Stockholm: the Birgit Nilsson Prize unites two great Wagnerian sopranos

David Nice

Nina Stemme does honour to her compatriot, who would have been 100 this year

Montserrat Caballé (1933-2018): from Bellini to 'Barcelona'

David Nice

Glimpses of the Spanish soprano who could float a line like no other

James Graham: 'the country of Shakespeare no longer recognises arts as a core subject'

James Graham

Full transcript of the playwright's passionate speech about the importance of the arts at the Hospital Club's h100 Awards

Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto: 'We figured Molière would have toyed with it too'

Anil Gupta And Richard Pinto

The co-adaptors of the RSC's new 'Tartuffe' talk about translating a French classic to our times now

10 Questions for singer Live Foyn Friis

Matthew Wright

Charismatic Norwegian singer on her journey through genre

'I read French from left to right and Arabic from right to left': remembering Algerian rebel rocker Rachid Taha

Peter Culshaw

Recalling a night out drinking in Paris with the Algerian rocker who died this week

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