Writing is the food of the gods

Wednesday 12 October, 2005

Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker has written a new book of prose, "And I shook a darling", haunted by the ghost of her life-long companion Ernst Jandl, who died in 2000. By Christina Weiss
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"It's poetry – not prattle"

Thursday 1 September, 2005

Today's theatre is losing its pull. Why? "Maybe we don't cook so well these days. No one goes to a restaurant if it doesn't serve good food. We put ourselves 60 centimetres over other people. If we don't have anything to say, we shouldn't put ourselves there in the first place", says director Andrea Breth. An interview with Stefan Keim and Reinhard Wengierek (Image: © Bernd Uhlig)
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Straying from the path of virtue

Wednesday 10 August, 2005

Festival critics rarely agree on anything, but this time it's pretty much unanimous: Willy Decker's staging of "La Traviata" at the Salzburg Festival is a mega-hit. Thanks largely to the stupendous soprano Anna Netrebko. By Jürg Stenzl
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Secrets of the grotto

Friday 29 July, 2005

"Die Gezeichneten" (The Marked Ones) by Franz Schreker, which is playing at this year's Salzburg festival, has got critic Peter Hagmann hot under the collar. For him, the opera vibrates, mounts and climaxes.
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"Don't touch me" Mozart

Thursday 21 July, 2005

After turning his back on the opera eleven years ago and dedicating himself entirely to cinema, cult director Patrice Chereau has returned to the Festival international d'art lyrique in Aix en Provence with an impeccable staging of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte". But why? By Claus Spahn
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