Monthly Archives: July 2011

My first review for Seen and Heard

I have just become a reviewer for Seen and Heard International, part of one of the world’s leading online classical music review magazines. My first review is of the fantastic Ring Cycle at Wermland Opera that I have written about … Continue reading

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Om en man kan visa så mycket hat, tänk hur mycket kärlek vi alla kan visa tillsammans

Jag har precis fått följande e-post från Liberala ungdomsförbundet: Hej kära kongressdeltagare, Det som har skett i Norge kan knappt beskrivas med ord. Våra tankar är med alla dem som förolyckats i Norge. Men Liberala ungdomsförbundets kongress som äger rum … Continue reading

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Yes, we love Norway

The death toll in Norway is far worse than I thought last night. At least 84 young people are confirmed dead in the shootings on Utøya and seven after the bombing in central Oslo. When I heard this morning of … Continue reading

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For the people of Norway

The dreadful news coming from Norway is almost too shocking for words. My thoughts go out to everyone hurt, especially the young Social Democrats attacked by a gunman at their summer camp at Utøya, not far from Oslo. I’ve been … Continue reading

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They asked for it: what I think about homeopathy

Now that the Advertising Standards Agency has come down hard(ish) on advertising for homeopathy, the homeopaths have apparently decided to throw out an olive branch to the ASA by opening a survey to listen to the public’s views on homeopathy … Continue reading

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US ambassador to Syria launches Facebook fightback

A few days ago Syrian pro-government protesters attacked the US embassy in revenge for the US ambassador’s visit to Hama, a focal point of anti-regime protests. (And yesterday they attacked the US and French embassies, injuring three French embassy staff.) … Continue reading

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Review: Wagner’s Ring at the Wermland Opera

While I have reviewed each individual opera in the Wermland Opera Ring Cycle, I would like to use this summary post to give my impression of the cycle as a whole. Find my reviews of all four operas here: Das … Continue reading

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Review: Götterdämmerung, by Wagner, at the Wermland Opera

Götterdämmerung [Twilight of the Gods], opera in three acts and the final part of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen [The Ring of the Nibelung]. Performed at the Wermland Opera in Karlstad, 3 July 2011. The eagerly awaited final part … Continue reading

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Review: Siegfried, by Wagner, at the Wermland Opera

Siegfried, opera in three acts and the third part of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen [The Ring of the Nibelung]. Performed at the Wermland Opera in Karlstad, 1 July 2011. With Siegfried the Wermland Opera continue a very fine … Continue reading

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Review: Die Walküre, by Wagner, at the Wermland Opera

Die Walküre [The Valkyrie], opera in three acts and the second part of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen [The Ring of the Nibelung]. Performed at the Wermland Opera in Karlstad, 29 June 2011. After the great success of Das … Continue reading

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