The Pointy End

Singing opera with someone else’s lungs

Charity Sunshine Tilleman-Dick, a 28-year-old American soprano, has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and around the world. A rare disease, idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, demanded she have two double-lung transplants. Despite all odds she continues to sing.

The Washington Post

Handwritten John Lennon lyrics donated to the nation

The manuscripts and documents have been given to the British Library by the Fab Four's biographer Hunter Davies, who wanted to ensure his collection was kept intact.

The Telegraph

Our Emotions Match Colors to Music, Says Berkeley Study

Next time a classical radio host introduces a piece of music, listen carefully to see if they cite the work's color along with its title, composer and opus number.


Azerbaijan recounts Eurovision votes after awarding Russia 'nul points'

Russia's Eurovision entry, Dina Garipova, came fifth in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night. However, according to the broadcast voting results, the act received no points from neighbouring country the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The Telegraph

Spanish opera protests austerity

David Alegre should have been a nervous wreck. Less than a week before the premiere of the opera he wrote and directed, one of his lead singers hadn't turned up for rehearsal.

Global Post

L.A. Philharmonic concerned about potential subway noise

Nothing in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's repertoire calls for 135-ton trains. The orchestra aims to keep it that way when Metro light rail cars start rumbling through a subway tunnel near Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Los Angeles Times

Top Five Summer Music Festivals in Historic Settings

In the competitive field of international summer festivals, spectacular sightseeing often combines with beautiful sounds. With stages in Roman amphitheaters, 17th century palaces, and churches where Mozart played, these five festivals should delight both history buffs and classical music fans.


The 10 best music documentaries

As films about Ginger Baker and the Stone Roses are released, here's our pick of the movies in which film-makers focus on the drama behind the songs.

The Guardian

Six-hour opera wins music and theatre award

A six-hour long opera streamed live from four flying helicopters has been honoured at the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) music awards.


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