The Merchant of Venice, Cardiff Millennium Centre

The Merchant of Venice, Cardiff Millennium Centre

Outside the box Lucien Jenkins Despite the fact that the opera was largely written in the 1970s and intended for ENO, the WNO production of André Tchaikowsky’s Merchant of Venice is a UK premiere. It recycles Keith Warner’s production for the 2013 Bregenz Festival,...
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Prom 61

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Prom 61

Curtain Call Amanda Holloway Renée Fleming announced last year that Der Rosenkavalier would be her last appearance on the opera stage, but lately there has been a valedictory feel to her concerts too. The melancholy tone of her Prom with Sakari Oramo and the Royal...
Vienna Philharmonic, Prom 74

Vienna Philharmonic, Prom 74

Gentle Pleasures Amanda Holloway There’s nothing quite like the Vienna Philharmonic at full throttle in an expansive Romantic symphony such as Mahler’s Sixth, which they gave at the first of two Proms concerts, under the baton of Daniel Harding. But their second Proms...
Berlin Staatskapelle, Prom 4

Berlin Staatskapelle, Prom 4

About Time Rick Jones While others merely respond to the latest noisy fads and lobbyists, Sir Harrison Birtwistle retains his originality. His orchestral work Deep Time was given its UK premiere at the Proms on Sunday by Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle –...
Pam Engel Besson Obituary

Pam Engel Besson Obituary

A great lady of the cinema William Russell Film critics enjoy film festivals, but one of the snags is that at them you may see many films that will never be seen back home as no distributors take them up. The contribution of Artificial Eye, the distribution company...