The fascinating Mariinsky Theater opera singer Anna Netrebko has decided to halt her application for Austrian citizenship following a wave of criticism in the Russian media questioning the diva’s patriotism and accusing the charming soprano of being a traitor.
Opera endings can be the most difficult things to write. Giacomo Puccini died before finishing “Turandot.” Alban Berg did not complete “Lulu.” Arnold Schoenberg didn’t finish “Moses und Aron.” These works are left enigmatically dangling, or completed and reconstructed by [...] more >>
A new study from — where else? — France suggests listening to love songs may increase women’s receptivity to amorous advances.
The innovative Stradivari Trust has come up with a clever scheme that combines philanthropy and hard-headed commerce, recognising that culture is a business as well as a recreation , says Simon Heffer.
BERLIN: Mozart has been credited with everything from increasing the intelligence of unborn babies to boosting the milk yield of cows.
Music takes many forms. It can soothe, rouse, prompt deep introspection, manifest itself as football fans chanting about the referee’s parentage, and so on. One person’s music is someone else’s appalling racket. Aristotle lauded its morally ennobling qualities; the CIA [...] more >>