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David Nice

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David writes, lectures and broadcasts on music. A former music critic for The Guardian and The Sunday Correspondent, he is a regular voice on BBC Radio 3. He has written short studies on Elgar, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and the history of opera, and is currently working on the second volume of his Prokofiev biography for Yale University Press. He runs his own lecture series, Opera in Depth, at the Frontline Club in Paddington.

Articles By David Nice

Kiss Me, Kate, Opera North, London Coliseum review - Cole Porter delivered in true company style

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theartsdesk at Leipzig's Blüthner Piano Factory - a perfect family business

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Julius Caesar, BBC Four review - electrifying TV launch of all-women Shakespeare trilogy

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Mamzer Bastard, Royal Opera, Hackney Empire review - inert Hasidic music-drama

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theartsdesk at the Setúbal Music Festival 2018: youth leads the way

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Lohengrin, Royal Opera review - swan mystery musically illuminated

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La finta semplice, Classical Opera, QEH review - consummate musicianship stokes early Mozart

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Capriccio, Garsington Opera review - a classy evening with words and music

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Bavarian State Orchestra, Kirill Petrenko, Barbican review - Mahler's Seventh as dance suite

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Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle, RFH review - everything but inscape

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Karen Cargill, Simon Lepper, Wigmore Hall review - opulence within bounds

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Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne - detailed acting, great singing

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An Audience with Dame Cleo Laine, RFH review - a phenomenon at 90

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The Rosenkavalier film, OAE, Paterson, QEH review - silent-era muddle expertly accompanied

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Chopin's Piano, Tiberghien, Kildea, Brighton Festival review - mumbled words, magical music

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Life and Fate / Uncle Vanya, Maly Drama Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket review - the greatest ensemble?

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Kiss Me, Kate, Opera North, London Coliseum review - Cole Po...

First palpable hit of the evening: a full orchestra in the pit under hyper-alert...

theartsdesk on Vinyl 40: Talking Heads, Ornette Coleman, Cra...

Earlier this year, in May, Brighton hosted the Vinyl World Congress where Paul Pacifico, head of the Association of Independent Music, told the...

In The Fade review - twisty German courtroom drama

The Cannes jury in 2017 gave best actress to Diane Kruger for her performance in In the Fade. She plays Katja, who turns avenging angel...

David Byrne, Eventim Apollo review - twice in a lifetime?

Forgive the sports metaphor, but David Byrne knocked this one out of the park. Coming out of the concert at the...

The London Mastaba, Serpentine Galleries review - good news...

It’s not as immersive as New York’s The Gates, 2005, nor as magnificent as Floating Piers, 2016, in Italy’s Lake Iseo...

CD: Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch

Concluding a trilogy of releases that began with the EPs Not the Actual Events (2016) and Add Violence (2017) – Bad...

The Rolling Stones, Twickenham Stadium review - until the ne...

Eel Pie, the tiny eyot in the Thames, is not too a long walk from Twickenham stadium – within hollering distance, almost, if you had that kind of...

theartsdesk at Leipzig's Blüthner Piano Factory - a per...

Have you ever wondered why the Steinway grand piano is invariably...

Natural World: The Super Squirrels, BBC Two review - silline...

Squirrels are a breed as diverse as they are ubiquitous: they inhabit environments as extreme as desert and tundra, and all the lush greenery,...

The Courtesan’s Gaze, Fieri Consort, Handel House review – h...

From an early age, Barbara Strozzi would have entertained the guests of her father’s Venetian academy with songs, including her own works. A...