Category: Features – Archive

July 30, 2019 / Features - Archive

It’s rather like an episode of Mission Impossible: take a 500-page book and condense it into an 80-page opera libretto, leaving ample space for the music to weave its spells. This was the assignment Pierce Wilcox undertook in penning the words for Elliott Gyger’s opera of Oscar & Lucinda. Amid…

May 24, 2019 / Features - Archive

When your father was a musical theatre and folk singer, your uncle was one of jazz’s most famous pianists (John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet), and you grow up in New York during the 1960s folk boom, perhaps the cards have already fallen. Perhaps a career in music was…

May 13, 2019 / Features - Archive

Given the hatred that continually blisters relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews, Goran Bregovic could have been forgiven for making his most recent album, which partly addresses the musical cultures of those three religions, one of laments. In fact the mood of Three Letters from Sarajevo is mostly celebratory, but…