Alexandra Coghlan is the New Statesman's classical music critic.

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Cultural Capital
25 May 2011
Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream is many things -- deft operatic adaptation, feat of atmospheric...
Cultural Capital
10 May 2011
Our English word "guest" derives from the Greek "xenos". It's a word whose historical and...
Music and Performance
27 April 2011
OperaShotsLinbury Studio, Royal Opera House, London WC2Launched by the Royal Opera House last year, the OperaShots...
Cultural Capital
26 March 2011
Grinning wildly, a victorious Ulysses beckons a cameraman with his gun. Together they stalk the darkened house,...
Culture
24 March 2011
When Genista McIntosh, a former chief executive of the Royal Opera House, spoke recently of Britain's "latent...
Cultural Capital
18 February 2011
Anna NicoleRoyal Opera House, London WC2[Warning: this piece contains language that some readers may find offensive.]...
Cultural Capital
31 January 2011
The Kingdom - ElgarThe Barbican, 30 JanuaryIf Elgar's great oratorio The Dream of Gerontius doesn't quite begin with a...
Cultural Capital
06 December 2010
Handel's Alcina - an operatic fantasy of sorceresses, cross-dressing warriors and men turned into animals - needs no...
Cultural Capital
22 November 2010
Mark Padmore, Julius Drake & Richard WatkinsMiddle Temple Hall, 7.30pm Thursday 19 November, 2010Generously...
Cultural Capital
06 September 2010
Although billed as separate concerts, the Berlin Philharmonic's two Proms this year formed a single musical gesture....
Music and Performance
13 August 2010
BBC Singers, London Sinfonietta, David AthertonBBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London W8The Royal Albert Hall - or, to...
Cultural Capital
20 July 2010
This year's BBC Proms, which run until 11 September, will pack the Royal Albert Hall in London with big names and even...
Cultural Capital
15 July 2010
There is nothing in the stolidly Edwardian marble and pastel shades of Cheltenham's Town Hall that speaks of rebellion...
Cultural Capital
25 June 2010
BBC Radio 3's poll to find "The Nation's Favourite Aria" came to a rather unexpected conclusion last week....
Cultural Capital
25 June 2010
It was John Ruskin who claimed that the "measure of a city's greatness is to be found in the quality of its public...

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