Catfish Row, Oliver Knussen and Dame Hess

From The Guardian four interesting articles

Trouble in Catfish Row
Is it a celebration of the African-American spirit – or just a high-class minstrel show? Gary Younge on the controversy that has plagued Porgy and Bess since its creation.

Oliver Knussen ‘I had to write it’
Oliver Knussen tells Tom Service why he read 1,700 Emily Dickinson poems in order to compose a requiem for his former wife Sue.

War music
Audio slideshow: Andrew Dickson visits the National Gallery to find out about the concerts which took place there during the second world war – and the remarkable woman behind them.
Download the audio only to your MP3 player

Streets apart
How did a jet-setting opera director come to work with Newcastle’s homeless? Alfred Hickling meets Keith Warner.

arts front | Guardian Unlimited Arts.

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