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Articles by Paul Kilbey

Irresistible stories: Myth and art

22 June 2015

Fantastical stories thousands of years old continue to influence today’s most prominent artists.

When behind the scenes becomes centre stage in opera and ballet

6 May 2015

Operas and ballets often take themselves as a subject – with comic, confusing or even violent results!

A Fusion of Styles: Sicily, Szymanowski and Król Roger

28 April 2015

Sicily's eclectic history inspired the Polish composer to fuse a variety of different styles in his masterful opera.

More than Technique: The hyper-relevant music of Georg Friedrich Haas

20 April 2015

At a time when writers of mainstream music seem to shy away from political comment, the Austrian composer is creating work that pushes boundaries.

The Concept Album: Why Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Green Day owe Beethoven and Monteverdi a huge debt

10 April 2015

The concept album has been around longer than you might think.

Eastern Promises: The allure of the Orient in opera and ballet

27 March 2015

Composers and choreographers have long explored the difference in cultures between East and West.

'Oh, show us the way to the next whisky bar!'

9 March 2015

Weill and Brecht’s ‘Alabama Song’ has inspired covers by Marilyn Manson, a cappella groups, Serbian rock band Električni Orgazam and hundreds of others.

Opera Essentials: L’Ormindo

3 February 2015

Our quick guide to Cavalli’s ingenious comedy, staged in the beautiful candlelit setting of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe.

Opera's new homes: What's behind the trend of opera outside the opera house?


7 January 2015

From a converted tramshed to a Suffolk beach, opera is spreading its wings.

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