The Pointy End

Nudists at the Opera

In a more recent posting on this thread, someone asked about renting opera glasses. This was the official response from the opera company: "Unfortunately, for hygienic reasons, we have no opera glasses on hire."

WQXR

What's the point of pop-up opera?

Opera's resilience is nowhere more evident that in its current habit of popping up in pub theatres, abandoned warehouses and back gardens, staged and performed by people doing it for love rather than the minimum wage (if that).

The Telegraph

Why Do We Always Compromise Quality In the Name of Convenience?

Consumers want their music whenever, wherever and the digital age has given us the power to make that happen.

New Music Box

Why there's nothing wrong with being bored by opera

Do you find opera tedious? Do bits of Shakespeare send you to sleep? Well, you're not alone. David Hare, Julian Barnes and John Eliot Gardiner talk to John Crace about the importance of being bored.

The Guardian

8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits our Brains

Since music is such a big part of our lives, I thought it would be interesting and useful to have a look at some of the ways we react to it without even realizing.

Buffer

Man attempts to sell an entire London record shop on eBay

Listed with a 'Buy It Now' price of £300,000, the listing begins: "Live your dream and enter a rock'n'roll lifestyle – your chance to run a record shop!"

NME

The 12 weirdest musical instruments ever

To commemorate the death of Leon Theremin, we run through the biggest, strangest, most bizarre musical instruments in the world - expect unlikely hybrids, oversized brass and an electronic badger.

Classic FM

Liberating the Librettos

What happens to the characters in Mozart's popular "Così Fan Tutte" when the curtain goes down?

The New York Times

The Beatles named most-pirated artist in the world

Research from online anti-piracy company MUSO has discovered that The Beatles are the most-pirated artist in the world by a significant margin.

Music Week


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