sun 18/08/2019

Features & Interviews

theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2019 - super-orchestra, top clarinettists, transcendent strings

David Nice

Little has changed about Pärnu, with its concentric rings of eight-mile sandy beach and dunes, wooded gardens and wooden old town, in the five years I've been going there.

theartsdesk at Itinéraire Baroque 2019 - a musical journey through the Périgord

Alexandra Coghlan

We’ve all had the experience of wandering into a church, only to discover it filled unexpectedly with music: the choir rehearsing for Evensong, a local orchestra practising, a soprano and organist getting ready for a weekend wedding.

theartsdesk in Dalarna: Rhinegold in a Swedish...

David Nice

Anna Larsson's fellow Swedes can count themselves lucky that the worldwide first choice to sing Wagner's Erda and the midnight song in Mahler's Third...

10th Odessa International Film Festival review -...

Peter Culshaw

Odessa, the so-called "pearl of the Black Sea", is a Ukrainian city full of lovely 19th-century Italianate architecture and sandy beaches, with a...

theartsdesk Q&A: documentary maker Karen...

Demetrios Matheou

For a time, Aung San Suu Kyi enjoyed a heroic status on the international stage perhaps surpassed only by Nelson Mandela. The politician won a Nobel...

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

First Person: Damian Cruden on reinvigorating the Bard away from London with Shakespeare's Rose

Damian Cruden

The onetime director of 'The Railway Children' sets out his vision for bringing Shakespeare afresh to the country's 'cultural pageant'

theartsdesk in Svalbard: cultural excellence at the top of the world

David Nice

At 78 degrees north, polar bears outnumber people - but Norway's musical flag flies high

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

Jasper Rees

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96

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

Roger Wright

Inspiring composer, conductor and mentor remembered by Snape Maltings CEO

First Person: Matt Henry on fulfilling 'a dream come true' to play the legendary singer Sam Cooke

Matt Henry

The Olivier Award-winning alumnus of 'Kinky Boots' shifts gears to tell a vibrant story of 1960s America

Bob Dylan Special - Rolling Thunder Revue, Netflix

Tim Cumming

Martin Scorsese reexamines the legendary 1975 tour

Bob Dylan Special - theartsdesk Q&A: Scarlet Rivera

Tim Cumming

The violinist on 'Desire' and 'Rolling Thunder Revue' talks about working with Dylan at his peak

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

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