The Pointy End

Singing Out in Angola

It is hard to imagine a transsexual achieving such success elsewhere on the continent, in say Uganda or Cameroon, where sexual minorities face extreme social stigma and where being gay is strictly taboo and can lead to a prison term or worse still a death sentence.

All Africa

Who's Afraid of Music?

It may be a testing-the-water measure. It could even be uncertainty. Whatever it is, it is a fact that most Nigerian artistes do not admit to be dedicated to a particular music genre.

This Day

How to stage an opera classic in the Roman Baths

The love and loss in Purcell's operatic masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, will be familiar territory for opera fans: Dido, recently widowed, falls in love with Aeneas, a Trojan prince. Their royal marriage is disrupted by evil witches, and when Aeneas mistakenly leaves for Italy, Dido kills herself in his absence.

The Telegraph

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

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