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Das Rheingold in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden pulled off a real coup. Carefully marketing the orchestra’s first ever Rheingold, the first of the four operas of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle that the orchestra is spacing out over four years
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Musical Fairytales
New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic
In the morning of New Year’s Day 2015, roughly 60 million viewers in 90 countries worldwide will turn on their television to watch the New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic. That kind of marketing success is normally reserved for
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The Gospel According to the Other Mary
English National Opera
We’re blasted with the full force of the chorus right from the beginning of the show, accompanying a brutal prison drug search. This was one of many lights in which we saw the English National Opera chorus during ENO’s production
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The Silk Road Festival
The Chinese Miracle in Classical Music
How and why is the city of Xian 15 million strong and host of the “Silk Road Festival“ so immaculate? The answer is an army of street sweepers working nonstop, 24 hours. It all starts in the morning with the
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Music Through Words
Vikram Seth’s ‘An Equal Music’
Vikram Seth, perhaps most well-known for his novel A Suitable Boy (1993), is an Indian novelist and poet who has received numerous awards including Padma Shri (the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India awarded by the Government),
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The International Ring, part 2: Die Walküre in Thailand
Hero maidens in the sky, taking the fallen warriors to their golden future – that’s the normal vision of the Valkyries. Don’t forget the sword and the winged helmet! After Das Rheingold, Wagner continued the story of The Ring of
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Das Rheingold in Thailand
The International Ring, part 1
Das Rheingold is a tale of greed and gold, unfulfilled promises and threats of destruction, culminating in a grand vision of Valhalla, somewhat tainted by how it was achieved. Over all hangs the ring and its destructive curse. In early
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An Introduction to East meets West – featuring Jonathan James
Now well into the second decade of the twenty-first century, we well and truly live in a global age. News breaks across the globe within minutes; we enjoy food from the other side of the planet in our own kitchens;
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