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10 women conductor who made history

10 of the most influential women conductors in history: from Chiquinha Gonzaga to Antonia Louisa Brico, Veronika Dudarova and Xiaoying Zheng

An Opera Odyssey

Opera Odyssey is an amazingly inspiring journey, exploring the four centuries of opera from Peri to Bruči, in a massive video series.

Harold Farberman, adieu Maestro!

It took me quite a bit of time to write this post. I was really close to him, and honestly I’m still coping with his passing.

Music and artists in the new witch hunt era

The Weinstein case generated a snowball effect: no, I’m not talking about the lawsuits or the #metoo stories. I’m talking about the side effect on the art world: from a petition to remove a painting by Balthus from a museum to the altered finale of Carmen.

I hate Boulez. Long live Boulez.

I hate Boulez. Long live Boulez.

I don’t really hate Boulez. But I don’t like his music. But I do like what he tried to do. And I want more of it.

The Tempest – Shakespeare and Johnson

The Tempest – Shakespeare and Johnson

The Tempest saw a strict collaboration between Shakespeare and musician Robert Johnson which gave birth to something unique, getting very close to Opera

Baudelaire’s goats

Baudelaire’s goats

ecently I really had no time to compose much unfortunately, being busy with an arrangement of Der...

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Does size matter?

Does size matter?

Who says opera should only be staged and performed by big opera houses? When it comes to small opera companies there...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Latin flavours

Latin flavours

I’m writing this post listening to a great recording of Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic playing...

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On singers’ size

On singers’ size

Dear music critics of the London Times, I have read quite a few of your opera critiques: more often than not, they...

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