mon 20/05/2024

stephen walsh

Bio
Stephen is a former Observer music critic and a regular contributor to The Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Independent and the BBC. He is the author of a major biography of Stravinsky and other books on Stravinsky, Bartók and Schumann. He holds a chair in music at Cardiff University.

Articles By Stephen Walsh

The Makropulos Affair, Welsh National Opera review - complexity realised brilliantly on the stage

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Spell Book/La liberazione di Ruggiero dell'isola di Alcina, Longborough Festival review - the pitfalls of diversity

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Quo vadis, Three Choirs Festival review - a hundred minutes of smug serenity and flowing piety

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Alcina, Glyndebourne review - Handel on the strand

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Die tote Stadt, Longborough Festival review - Korngold on the way back

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Tamerlano, The Grange Festival review - Handel brilliant in parts, but you have to wait for the drama

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Siegfried, Longborough Festival review - happily concept-free but with 'Good Ideas'

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Jenůfa, Welsh National Opera review - powerful drama with a kitsch tailpiece

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Don Giovanni, Welsh National Opera review - fine young cast let down by unhelpful conducting

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Madam Butterfly, Welsh National Opera review - decent performance, disagreeable context

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The Barber of Seville, Welsh National Opera review - back to work in an old banger

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The Cunning Little Vixen, Longborough Festival Opera review - life, death and the menopause in the forest

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theartsdesk at the Three Choirs Festival - Purcell, Gabriel Jackson and Duruflé

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Die Walküre, Longborough Festival Opera review - heroic defiance of farcical constraints

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Pagliacci, Opera Ensemble, Longborough review - stripped down but live

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Brecon Baroque, Podger, Brecon Cathedral online review - Bach recoloured

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Rebus, BBC One review - revival of Ian Rankin's Scottis...

The previous incarnation of Ian Rankin’s Scottish detective on ITV starred, in their contrasting styles, John Hannah and Ken Stott. For this ...

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Sousa, St Martin-in...

Better (much better, indeed) late than never. The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique should have given their cycle of Beethoven symphonies at...

Die Zauberflöte, Glyndebourne review - cornucopia of visual...

Five years after it first clattered onto the ...

Hough, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - a...

It’s probably a bit early to be getting misty-eyed about the approaching end of Sir Mark Elder’s time as music director of the Hallé, but the...

Clinton Baptiste, Touring review - spoof clairvoyant on grea...

Clinton Baptiste – clairvoyant, medium and psychic – first appeared briefly as a character in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights on Channel 4....

Music Reissues Weekly: Andwella - To Dream

Original pressings of Love And Poetry sell for up to £2,800. Copies of the August 1969 debut album by Andwellas Dream can sometimes also...

Bavouzet, Manchester Camerata, Takács-Nagy, Stoller Hall, Ma...

There’s a sense of cheerful abandon about Manchester Camerata’s ...

Album: Barry Adamson - Cut to Black

Always looking dapper and always sounding cool, Barry Adamson is a man who nevertheless seems to be perpetually of another time. Giving off the...

Carmen, Glyndebourne review - total musical fusion

It’s what you dream of in opera but don’t often get: singers feeling free and liberated to give their best after weeks of preparation with a...

The Great Escape Festival 2024, Brighton review - a dip into...

Before reviewing The Great Escape, we must first deal with the elephant in the room. Or, in this case, the room that’s crushing the elephant, like...