Summer in the open air

Summer in the open air

Defy the weather William Russell Open Air theatre in London tends to automatically mean Regent’s Park but it is not the only venue – for the last eight years Iris have been playing in the gardens of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, they usually do...
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Siegfried, Royal Festival Hall

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Siegfried, Royal Festival Hall

Horsing around Robert Thicknesse And so to the comedy. It’s not abnormal to have issues with Siegfried, the scherzo of the Ring cycle: Wagner did, too. Stitching together the fairy-tale of “The lad who went forth to learn what fear is” with the legend of Siegfried,...
Der Ring des Nibelungen, Royal Festival Hall

Der Ring des Nibelungen, Royal Festival Hall

Circles of the mind Robert Thicknesse Das Rheingold I imagine everyone agrees that Rhinegold should start in the dark – that chthonic rumble and the arpeggios that emerge from it, the beginning of the world, kind of demand it. But you can’t really do that on a concert...