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Robin Hood: a satirical new opera in Peckham

Robin Hood: a satirical new opera in Peckham

In a week in which Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor opens at Zurich’s Opernhaus, Verdi’s Aida at the Met and Adams’ Girls of the Golden West at the Dutch National Opera – all of which feature a female protagonist, and yet have been produced by teams almost exclusively made up of men – how refreshing it was to open last night’s programme and discover that (almost) the entire creative team for Dani Howard’s brand-new opera Robin Hood are women. A further irony – that the opera documents the shenanigans of an all-male, masonic brotherhood – was not lost on me either.

Polymath composers and their extra-musical successes

Polymath composers and their extra-musical successes

We all knew that one student at school who seemed to miraculously excel at everything: they played in the football team, sang in the choir and starred in the school play, effortlessly straddling the full spectrum of achievement much to the envy of the rest of us. 

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Where classical music meets the sports field

Where classical music meets the sports field

A round up of the greatest composer-sportsmen of the 20th century