Creative dissonance

Creative dissonance

When it comes to creativity, some emotions are better than others. Or are they? The amount of research and studies on the subject is impressive. Depending which one you grab, you can end up with dramatically opposite answers. It’s a general belief that the more...
Drowning culture

Drowning culture

It’s official: on august 6, while some people were on vacation and others preferred not to be bothered, the Italian government published the figures of the funds allocated for all orchestras around the country. More than 60 orchestras were not admitted to receive any...
Diverging rails

Diverging rails

A recent interview to Franz Welser-Möst got me thinking about Karl Böhm. Welser-Möst set a new rule for himself when it comes to opera: “I reached a point where I will only work with a director if he lets me explain the music to him. What he does then, that’s his...
Midsummer night’s rant

Midsummer night’s rant

I’m hearing too many bad performances. I don’t mean badly executed from a technical point of view (well, sometimes too), but from a purely basic musical point of view. What’s the first and most important thing we (should) learn when we study music?...
The rape of Opera

The rape of Opera

The recent production of Guillame Tell at ROH marked a threshold: the literalisation of a woman’s rape on stage. We all know that opera is a violent artform: Gilda gets stabbed, Tosca kills Scarpia who has Mario tortured and killed and then in turn she kills herself...

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