Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The Magic Flute review – WNO’s hectic new version is a lightsaber too far
Daisy Evans’ psychedelic and frantic modern reworking dodges the original’s problems, but loses much of Mozart’s magic and energy in the process – and the flute itself

Rian Evans

06, Mar, 2023 @12:57 PM

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Michael Sheen on art, fear and Amadeus: ‘David Suchet was in really good shape. I … am not!’
His breakthrough role was as a young Mozart in Peter Hall’s Amadeus, opposite Suchet’s Salieri. Twenty-three years later, Sheen returns to the play for Sydney Opera House – this time as Mozart’s rival

Elissa Blake

25, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The Magic Flute review – well-behaved revival needs more of Mozart’s anarchic spirit
There are strong performances, particularly from Gyula Orendt’s Papageno and Sarah Dufresne’s Papagena, but the fun is damped down in David McVicar’s 2003 staging that imposes coherence on the pantomimic plot

Tom Service

19, Dec, 2022 @10:27 AM

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Slaves to the rhythm: rats can’t resist a good beat, researchers say
Study finds rats instinctively move in time to music – an ability previously thought to be uniquely human

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

11, Nov, 2022 @7:00 PM

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The week in classical: The Marriage of Figaro; Mahler Symphony No 8 review – phenomenal
Mozart’s divine comedy is a shimmering feast for Glyndebourne, while Mahler’s epic symphony brings joy and redemption to a packed Royal Albert Hall

Fiona Maddocks

29, Oct, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Anne Howells obituary
Opera singer with a remarkable theatrical presence once described as ‘the Cleopatra of the lyric stage’

Barry Millington

05, Jun, 2022 @3:52 PM

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A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham review – a genre-defying picture of life and hope
The rightly revered US choreographer returns with an enigmatic piece that blends Mozart with Afrofuturism and feels experimental but authentic

Lyndsey Winship

01, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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The week in classical: Così fan tutte; Czech Philharmonic/CBSO Chorus/Bychkov
Coliseum, London; Barbican, London
ENO’s fizzy production of Mozart’s masterpiece lands well in dark times, while a Czech performance of Janáček and Dvořák summons life-affirming spirit

Stephen Pritchard

19, Mar, 2022 @12:30 PM

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Don Giovanni review – strong cast ensure WNO’s revival stands the test of time
Andrei Kymach as the dashing don leads an impressive cast in Welsh National Opera’s atmospheric but uneven revival of John Caird’s production

Rian Evans

21, Feb, 2022 @10:32 AM

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The big idea: does practice make perfect?
Prodigies such as Emma Raducanu spend thousands of hours honing their skills, but could anyone deliver a world-class performance with enough dedication?

Steven Poole

04, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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On my radar: Roberto Saviano’s cultural highlights
The investigative journalist and author of Gomorrah on the delights of Mozart, the restorative tranquility of Andalusia and a lifelong love of Subbuteo

Roberto Saviano

25, Sep, 2021 @5:00 PM

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‘They deserve a place in history’: music teacher makes map of female composers
Interactive tool features more than 500 women who are often forgotten in the classical music world

Ashifa Kassam in Madrid

19, Aug, 2021 @4:00 AM

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