La forza del destino, Welsh National Opera

La forza del destino, Welsh National Opera

The most startling aspect of WNO’s account of Verdi’s tale of doomed love is a wicked fairy. As though moonlighting from the Sleeping Beauty, Justina Gringyte participates in the overture beating her drum major-style mace on the ground in time to Verdi’s...
Argerich, Jansen and Maisky at the Barbican

Argerich, Jansen and Maisky at the Barbican

“Will she appear?” I was asked by a friend just a few hours before last night’s concert. Martha Argerich has become so indelibly associated with the adjective “elusive”, it increases the urgency to catch her when she does. And appear she duly did in front...
Carmen, Royal Opera

Carmen, Royal Opera

If the Royal Opera had been looking for the polar opposite to its last production of Carmen, it hit the jackpot with Barrie Kosky’s staging. Whereas Francesca Zambello created a conventional Spanish fantasy set around a Seville plaza, teeming with urchins, chickens...
Kettle’s Yard – modern art starts here

Kettle’s Yard – modern art starts here

The visual arts centre created in Cambridge by Jim Ede has undergone an £11.3m restoration and expansion. Simon Tait reports. There ought to have been a sign outside Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge saying “Modern Art Starts Here”. The story of this extraordinary place is...