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Haus of Contrasts

For New Year’s in Vienna it’s Fledermaus on New Year’s Eve and the Blue Danube at midnight, and in the morning, a late champagne breakfast in bed with the Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert on the radio. And then that evening, how fine it is to dress up in one’s best clothes and traipse to the […]

Cherubini’s Médée: A Poignant Triumph

Cherubini’s Médée: A Poignant Triumph

In its fervour and intense foreboding, the whole tragedy of Luigi Cherubini’s Médée is contained in the overture. There, laid bare in heart-wrenching cantilena passages, is the warrior’s greed for political power, position and fame in counterpoint with the betrayed woman’s cry for revenge and the unthinkable final deed; there is the forlorn memory of […]

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