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Gaetano Donizetti opera lost for 200 years set for London premiere

Eight years of detective work will culminate in July’s first performance of ‘amazing’ tragedy by great Italian composer<p>A lost opera by one of the great Italian composers is to have its world premiere in London almost 180 years after it was written.<p>Gaetano Donizetti was a leading figure in …

The Arts

Sex and the opera: “Powder her face” tours Ireland in first Irish National Opera production.

Let’s be honest: “contemporary opera” can sound a bit intimidating. But if you want to give it a try, “Powder her face” is a good place to start. A …

The Arts

Opera classics threatened by #MeToo movement, says top tenor

Jonas Kaufmann, said to be one of the world’s greatest tenors, has suggested that half of the operatic repertoire could be struck from stages in the wake of the #MeToo movement and a climate of hostility towards misogynistic plot lines.<p>Speaking about a recent performance of popular encore ‘Girls …

The Arts

Six of the best rice bowl recipes

From donburi to poké, all these dishes sit on a fluffy bed of Japanese rice that absorbs the flavours of the topping<p>For each recipe, you need 400g Japanese white rice, cooked by the absorption method: rinse the rice until the water runs clear, put in a saucepan with 520ml water, then cover with a …

Recipes

'Music is an invaluable resource when it comes to children's mental health – and yet it's under attack'

William Congreve once said that “music has charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak”. With so much concern – and …

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Nigel Slater’s beetroot and goat’s cheese ‘rosti’

A homespun take on the Swiss classic<p>The recipe<p>Peel and coarsely grate 250g of raw beetroot and 150g of parsnip into a mixing bowl. Finely chop a good handful (about 10g) of dill and the same of parsley, then toss with the root vegetables. Season with salt, black pepper and 1 tsp of yellow mustard …

Creative thought has a pattern of its own, brain activity scans reveal

People who are flexible, original thinkers show signature forms of connectivity in their brains, study shows<p>Donatella Versace finds it in the conflict of ideas, Jack White under pressure of deadlines. For William S Burroughs, an old Dadaist trick helped: cutting pages into pieces and rearranging …

The Brain

Nigel Slater’s apple recipes

Stewed, mulled or baked in a savoury pie with shallots, apples are just the fruit to get you through winter<p>Even now, in the depths of winter, there is a crush around the apple stall at the market and, failing that, the greengrocer still has Russets in fine fettle. The Coxes, always late to the …

Recipes

This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain

There’s little doubt that learning to play a musical instrument is great for developing brains.<p>Science has shown that when children learn to play …

Black voices matter: Lawrence Brownlee on driving change in opera

The US-born tenor has gone from singing in church to the International Opera awards. Now he’s tackling something personal: the issue of race in America<p>Babbling brooks, young love, broken hearts: standard topics for classical song cycles from Schubert onward, and for most opera singers a key part of …

Bingley Grammar School's music GCSE charge criticised

<b>A school has been criticised for making pupils pay to study for a music GCSE.</b><p>Bingley Grammar School charges students £5 a week to take after school music theory classes.<p>The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has called the decision "shocking and deeply troubling".<p>Head teacher Luke Weston said …

Study Skills

Royal Opera House tenor rejects 'in your face' sexual violence against women on stage

A Royal Opera House tenor has told how he has "resisted" demands to perform sexually violent scenes on stage, as he argues the treatment of women in productions should better reflect the modern world.<p>Michael Fabiano, star of the opera house’s current production of Rigoletto, said there had been …

On song

8:00, 2nd December 2017<p>Singing teachers are in demand as the market for tuition shifts, says Sara-Lois Cunningham. But is the quality of their …

How Mongolia went wild for opera

Why are so many Mongolians winning international singing awards? To find out, Kate Molleson travelled 1,000 miles across the country to meet latest star Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, drinking mare’s milk, sleeping in yurts and recording its vocal masters<p>Last summer, a video from Cardiff went viral in …

Italy gives world-famous opera Carmen a defiant new ending in stand against violence to women

One of the world’s best-loved operas has been given a radically different ending in Italy, with the heroine killing her tormentor rather than being killed herself, in a stand against violence to women.<p>In what is believed to be a world first, a production of Bizet’s Carmen will see the gypsy Carmen …

Nigel Slater’s roast lamb with anchovy butter recipe

A smart yet simple way to cook lamb<p>The recipe<p>Season a 350g lamb neck fillet with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a shallow pan over a high heat, then lower in the lamb. Let the meat colour on the underside, then turn and brown the other sides.<p>Remove the pan from the heat, cover it with …

11 Plants For Your Bedroom To Help You Sleep Better

We have compiled this list of 11 great plants to help you sleep better, based on their calming and cleansing effects.<p>There is nothing more annoying …

Join The Choirs

What will happen at the audition?<p>What your audition involves will depend on your age. Primary school candidates will participate in group workshops …

Top 10 Climbing Plants for a Small Trellis

3. Nasturtium ‘Flame Thrower’<p>I’m a great fan of nasturtiums, and the cultivar, ‘Flame Thrower’, looks like a winner.<p>As anyone who has ever grown …

South West Area 2018 Professional Development Day

The new ABRSM syllabus inside out – a guide through the new syllabus, some ‘mock’ exams, and a closer look at the marking system with Heidi Pegler …

Change is not always a bad thing, first female St Paul’s Cathedral chorister says

Change is not always a bad thing, the first female St Paul’s Cathedral chorister has said, as she revealed that she has received some criticism from arch traditionalists.<p>Carris Jones said she was denounced by some before she had even taken up the role by those who wanted to “guard the legacy” of …

Rushing students through university and fixating on science is not the way forward

It is to our detriment that the political focus on technology sees science and society as separate or even as being opposed. We need joined-up thinking<p>• David Cannadine is president of the British Academy<p>The refrain of the past few years has surely been that we live in uncertain times. And …

How to prune grapevines and wisteria in winter

A couple of the garden’s monster annual pruning jobs hove into view in December, and it is time to get out our sturdiest ladders and sharpest pruning instruments and set to. Grapevines and wisterias produce little but jungle if left to their own devices. Each needs a regime to keep it in check and …

classical music must protect the vulnerable from harassment

The cult of the maestro has both nurtured great performances and led to abuses of power. The industry needs a code of conduct – and a change of culture – or its future is at stake, writes mezzo Jennifer Johnston<p>The seriousness of the allegations swirling around James Levine, the erstwhile music …

Glyndebourne searches for new director as Sebastian Schwarz quits

The general director of Glyndebourne is stepping down after less than two years, admitting he has struggled with the financial side of the job.<p>Sebastian F Schwarz leaves with immediate effect. He said in a statement: “Glyndebourne is one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world …

Holden Madagame: The trans opera singer who went from mezzo soprano to tenor

About half a year ago, my girlfriend told me about the Glyndebourne Academy, and it was like my social justice dreams had come true: a training …

Six in 10 classical music workers harassed, UK survey finds

Incorporated Society of Musicians study finds 70% of self-employed workers in industry said they had been harassed<p>Six out of 10 people who work in the classical music sector have been victims of discrimination and sexual harassment, according to a study.<p>About 60% of respondents said they had been …

Falstaff review – Bryn Terfel brings warmth and nuance to RLPO's brilliance

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Veteran Falstaff Bryn Terfel and a splendid cast made this concert staging of Verdi’s final opera a joyous experience<p>The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the European Opera Centre, also based in the city, first joined forces in 2006 for a double bill of Fleischmann and …

Leading conductor apologises for 'sexist' remarks

One of the world’s most respected conductors has apologised after suggesting he did not like to see women leading an orchestra.<p>Mariss Jansons declared in an interview with the Telegraph last week that women conductors were “not my cup of tea”.<p>The Latvian-born conductor, who was presented with a …

Dmitri Hvorostovsky obituary

Siberian baritone with a dark-grained voice and a commanding stage presence<p>Renowned for his silver mane and smouldering good looks as much as his richly burnished baritone, the Russian singer Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who has died aged 55 after suffering from brain cancer, was a distinctive presence on …