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Semiramide review at Royal Opera House, London

The Royal Opera’s new production of Rossini’s melodramma tragico Semiramide – its first full staging at the venue since 1887 – was struck by …

Opera

Mumbai 360 degrees: Plan your week ahead with this handy guide

<b>Monday</b><br>Eat your heart out<br>A hotel in the suburbs is organising a food festival that celebrates seven different regional cuisines over seven days. So, …

India

Sistine Chapel breaks 500-year gender taboo to welcome soprano into the choir

Under Michelangelo’s world-famous ceiling, Cecilia Bartoli was ‘in seventh heaven’ as she joined 50 men and boys in song<p>For the past 500 years, beautiful sacred music has echoed up towards Michelangelo’s sublime ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, performed exclusively by male choirs. Until now.<p>…

Pope Benedict XVI

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:<p>NOT REAL: Second Roy Moore Accuser Works For Michelle Obama …

News (U.S.)

I'm a Greggs pastry, get me out of here!

In a week that Jesus was replaced by a sausage roll, Boris Johnson’s dad escapes to the jungle<p><b>Monday</b><p>It’s not just MPs who have found their names on unwanted lists. My name appears to have been handed over to a marketing campaign that is doing nothing for my general sense of wellbeing - something …

Boris Johnson

Carillion shares dive on warning of loan covenant breach

Carillion, a government contractor and one of the companies building Britain’s new high-speed railway, has warned it expects to breach its loan …

Lucia di Lammermoor, Royal Opera House, London, review: Katie Mitchell's staging is spooky

Donizetti composed his Scottish tragedy nearly two centuries ago, yet real life has only recently caught up with it. Lucia loves Edgardo, but is …

Opera

Dudley Simpson obituary

Composer who wrote theme tunes for popular TV series and became the in-house composer for Doctor Who in the 1960s and 70s<p>Dudley Simpson, who has died aged 95, wrote memorable theme tunes for popular television series such as The Brothers and Blake’s 7, but was at his most prolific as the creator of …

TV Series

American Modern Opera Company Won't Ever Be A Typical Opera Company

Support the news<p>"I see us like water. We take whatever shape we get poured into."<p>Managing director Jennifer Chen’s isn’t describing any typical opera …

Orchestras

Royal Ballet accused of 'gratuitous abuse' as audiences 'despair' at rape plot

The Royal Ballet has been accused of indulging the “gratuitous abuse” of women on stage, as audiences complain they “despaired” at another rape storyline in its latest choreography.<p>The company, along with the wider ballet world, has been criticised for its treatment of female characters, with …

Royal Ballet

Video of the day: Joyce DiDonato explores Rossini's Semiramide

DiDonato presents a special 'Insights' evening from the Royal Opera House<p>Joyce DiDonato will be starring in Rossini's <i>Semiramide</i> at London's Royal …

The Arts

Taking a Stand

Soon in the mag, we’ll have a piece on Sweden and defense. This is a big issue now. Sweden is a Baltic state, in a sense: a Baltic Sea state. …

Sweden

Royal Ballet triple bill review – yet more sexual violence

Royal Opera House, London This mixed programme – including the latest new piece to include a rape scene – suggests the Royal Ballet’s commissioning policy needs a total overhaul<p>This Royal Ballet triple bill, which had its first night on Monday, saw two new works introduced to the repertoire. Both …

Ballet

Former dancer takes over podiatry clinic

As a former professional dancer, Cuban-born Yescica Livesey knows all about taking good care of your feet.<p>So it is perhaps not such a big career …

Manchester

Ten Creative Radicals Share Their Perspective On Change

“Diversity, inclusivity and openness are key. You have to spark a conversation about difficult or taboo subjects,” says video director Akinola Davies …

Opera

The Royal Ballet triple bill, Royal Opera House, London, review: It’s an evening of drastic contrast

The Royal Ballet’s new triple bill has two premieres, new productions by Twyla Tharp and Arthur Pita, alongside Hofesh Shechter’s 2015 <i>Untouchable</i>. …

Ballet

Like a takeaway at the stadium: What if we didn't have to queue anymore?

Start-up aims to eliminate queues at big events by allowing customers to pre-order their food and drinks<p>Most of us have found ourselves in similar …

Bath Rugby

Schedule of Upcoming Live Opera and Ballet Broadcasts

The opera and ballet fans' guide to where they can view live broadcasts.<p>The following is a list of live opera and ballet productions announced to be …

Ballet

PACO Group’s Spiralift transforms spaces at a touch of a button

In Asia’s rapidly expanding metropolitan areas, space is becoming more restricted and today comes at an absolute premium. Architects, project …

Opera

Royal Ballet: Tharp/Pita/Shechter review – stunning moves and wild west terror

Royal Opera House, London Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae soar through Haydn’s symphony, Natalia Osipova is driven mad in Texas and a 20-strong cast prowl the stage in this mixed bill<p>In 1973, when Twyla Tharp choreographed her first formal ballet, As Time Goes By, she was known as a maker of modern …

Danse

'Hell is Here' for burning elephants in award-winning photo

An image of two elephants fleeing a mob that set them on fire in eastern India highlights the ongoing human-elephant conflicts in the region.<p>The photograph, named “Hell is Here,” was taken by Biplab Hazra and was named the winner of the Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2017.<p>The image shows a …

West Bengal

A blustery evening that fails to blow you away - The Wind, The Illustrated 'Farewell', Untouchable, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, review

Arthur Pita’s The Wind is a valiant dance-theatrical stab at a well-chosen story, but one that, in its current form at least, doesn’t come close to blowing you away. This is all the sadder to report in the wake of a fascinating conversation I recently had about it with this smart and inventive …

Danse

La tragédie de Carmen, Wilton’s Music Hall, London, review: Bizet’s score is given an almost jazzy spin

Wilton’s Music Hall is a charming and perfectly preserved remnant of London’s historic East End, and it’s still serving the purpose for which it was …

The Illustrated Farewell/The Wind/Untouchable review at Royal Opera House – ‘a variable triple bill’

There are two ways of programming mixed bills: either locate a common theme and encourage choreographers to riff around it or take

Ballet

The Consul; Lucia di Lammermoor review – the original kitchen sink

Silk Street theatre; Royal Opera House, London A Guildhall staging of Menotti’s The Consul and Royal Opera’s revival of Lucia di Lammermoor have more in common than you might think<p>Gian Carlo Menotti’s life (1911-2007) reads like a cocktail of his own operas. First composition: aged five. First …

Opera

Why the way race is cast on stage and screen needs to change

When news of Rapture Theatre’s 2017 production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, reached one writer at The Herald …

Diversity

Opera in Mumbai: How a sari-clad soprano challenged harmony between image and sound

As I marvel at the regal and tasteful interiors of the renovated Royal Opera House, I am forced to converge my scattered eye to a lone figure on the …

Opera

A New La Bohème: Watch an Exclusive Scene From Royal Opera House Before It Heads to Movie Theatres

The Puccini opera is the latest title in ROH’s Cinema Series.<p>Take a look at an exclusive clip from the Royal Opera House’s new production of <i>La …

Opera

Dr Who composer has died, at 95

November 6, 2017 by norman lebrecht<p>The death has been announced of Dudley Simpson, who wrote the music for the BBC’s Dr Who series in the 1960s and …

Doctor Who

Everything London Dancers Need to Know This November 2017

Don’t let the chilly weather keep you on the couch! There’s plenty to see and do in the dance world this winter. Here’s how to take advantage of all …

Royal Ballet