Category Archives: Reviews

Jenny Lind meets Jussi Björling

On Wednesday I was fortunate enough to hear two very promising young Swedish singers in recital. The recital programme is a homage to two of Sweden’s greatest classical singers: Jenny Lind (1820-1887) and Jussi Björling (1911-1960), so it was fitting … Continue reading

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Benjamin Britten’s ghost story in a Swedish castle

My second review for Seen and Heard International is of a production of Benjamin Britten’s haunting chamber opera The Turn of the Screw at Läckö Castle. As always, Simon Phipps, the conductor and artistic director for Läckö’s summer opera productions, … Continue reading

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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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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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Review: Das Rheingold, by Wagner, at the Wermland Opera

Das Rheingold [The Rhine Gold], opera in four scenes and introduction of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen [The Ring of the Nibelung]. Performed at the Wermland Opera in Karlstad, 27 June 2011. The news that one of Sweden’s smaller … Continue reading

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Review: The credit crunch as an inside job

Inside Job, film by Charles Ferguson (director), narrated by Matt Damon. Available for pre-order as DVD. Enough oceans of ink have been spilled in attempts to explain the credit crunch (or condemn whoever the author thinks is responsible) to make … Continue reading

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Review: Two books on Lebanon

Tim Llewellyn, Spirit of the Phoenix: Beirut and the Story of Lebanon, I.B. Tauris (2010). From £12.59 at Amazon.co.uk, also available at The Book Depository, Waterstone’s and Blackwell’s. Michael Young, The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon’s … Continue reading

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