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‘She’s badass’: how brick-throwing suffragette Ethel Smyth composed an opera to shake up Britain
She was bisexual, served a prison sentence, and was so outraged by cuts to her opera The Wreckers that she stormed the orchestra pit. Finally, this summer, it will be heard as its extraordinary composer intended

Imogen Tilden

19, May, 2022 @3:06 PM

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Composer Harrison Birtwistle dies aged 87
The prolific British composer drew on poetry and folklore for his uncompromising but lyrical music. A Proms’ premiere, Panic, brought him national notoriety

Imogen Tilden

18, Apr, 2022 @2:04 PM

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‘Everyone has blood on their hands’: Britten’s Peter Grimes at the ROH photo essay
How do you breathe life into the tale of the troubled Grimes and the villagers who torment him? We went along to rehearsals to talk to the cast and creative team behind the Royal Opera House’s new production

Tristram Kenton and Imogen Tilden

17, Mar, 2022 @12:15 PM

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The modernist marvel that Hamburg took to its heart: ‘Elphi’ turns five
As the €866m Elbphilharmonie celebrates its fifth anniversary, what could have been a costly mistake has become a symbol of the German city. London, take note

Imogen Tilden

17, Jan, 2022 @4:19 PM

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Francesca Chiejina: the radiant soprano who wants opera for all
Born in Lagos and raised in the US, she swapped medical training for arias – and has learned to embrace the pressure of being a leading voice

Imogen Tilden

30, Dec, 2021 @12:30 PM

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The Tiger Lillies’ Christmas Carol review – Dickens is lost in queasy cabaret
Trio who have made a career hymning those who live in the shadows are stumped when faced with an actual ghost story. And then there’s the coughing …

Imogen Tilden

16, Dec, 2021 @2:12 PM

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‘About as big as it gets’: behind the scenes of Wagner’s The Valkyrie at English National Opera
ENO returns to live performances this season with a bold, ambitious choice: Wagner’s The Valkyrie. At the technical rehearsal we watched it take shape inside the Coliseum

Imogen Tilden, photographs by David Levene

18, Nov, 2021 @9:03 AM

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‘A conductor needs to be a psychologist’: Santtu-Matias Rouvali’s big plans for the Philharmonia
He hunts all his own food, unwinds in the sauna, and yearns to play with the Rolling Stones. Meet the Philharmonia’s new principal conductor, a dynamic, 35-year-old Finn

Imogen Tilden

19, Oct, 2021 @3:02 PM

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A fox drinking like a giraffe: Matt Maran’s best photograph
‘The UK used to have bears, wolves and lynx. People say cities are overrun by foxes – but they’re the last relic of the wilderness’

Interview by Imogen Tilden

13, Oct, 2021 @2:04 PM

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra names Kazuki Yamada as new chief conductor
Japanese musician, currently the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s principal guest conductor, will succeed Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla in April 2023

Imogen Tilden

14, Sep, 2021 @10:58 AM

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‘Rewrite Rule, Britannia!’ What would you do with the Last Night of the Proms?
Its patriotic songs ignited a culture war last year. Is it time to rethink the Proms’ closing concert? A panel of leading musical figures suggest some alternative ways of approaching the contentious evening

12, Sep, 2021 @11:23 AM

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Bolivia’s indigenous female wrestlers mid-flight: Todd Antony’s best photograph
‘These women wrestle for their mental and physical health – and to stick two fingers up at a male wrestling culture. Capturing them mid-flight was tricky’

Interview by Imogen Tilden

11, Aug, 2021 @12:01 PM

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