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Grave Encounters – Diaghilev and Stravinsky

The 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, May 29 1913,  is fast approaching, with performances worldwide to mark it. The ballet was first performed in Paris by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, which also premiered Stravinsky’s Firebird and … Continue reading

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La Fenice – The Phoenix, Venice’s inflammable Opera House

  The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Flight of the Phoenix, Dumbledore’s pet phoenix –  the phoenix, a mythical bird which rises from the ashes of its predecessor, has a special place in literature. But no Phoenix is more true … Continue reading

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Death in Venice – and Alkan

Byron stood there. Liszt stood there. You’ve probably stood there, and now I have, too. I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs,  A palace and a prison at each hand… And as I was standing there last November, … Continue reading

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Venice and Naples – optional excursions

‘Have you ever been to Venice? Have you ever glided on the sleepy waters in a black gondola down the length of the Grand Canal or along the banks of the Giudecca?… Have you seen the moon cast its pale … Continue reading

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