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The rape of Opera

The recent production of Guillame Tell at ROH staged a rape scene. Does it help the opera or does it take away from the music?

Latin flavours

Latin composers don’t make it often in concert programming, but they’re influence has been everything but insignificant for other composers around the world.

On singers’ size

An open letter to the critics of the London Times, who are targeting singers for their appearances

Is structure mandatory?

Some say it’s essential to have a structure before you start writing anything. I don’t quite share that opinion, at least not completely.

A structure can be very useful, but also very constraining.

Gumption ‘n Rose

Rose Beuret, long life companion of Rodin, was not initially part of the plan.
After all the opera already had two main female charachters, the old and the young Camille.


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