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Finding release among the poppy fields: Dmitri Tcherniakov’s powerful Prince Igor reaches Amsterdam

Borodin: Prince Igor **** Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, 7th February 2017 When faced with Disaster rather than Triumph, how does a true leader respond? The ability to “watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build … Continue reading

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Plums and turkeys: a musical voyage around 2016

Most people I know cannot wait to see the back of 2016. But in the year in which Brexit, Trump and the Grim Reaper were the big winners, I admit to having had a terrific twelve months. A whirl of … Continue reading

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Caged bird: Tchaikovsky stars in Herheim’s remarkable Pique Dame at Dutch National Opera

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades ***** Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, 9th June 2016 “Wept terribly when Hermann gave up the ghost,” wrote Tchaikovsky in his diary. What was it that drove the composer to identify so closely with such an … Continue reading

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