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Graham “Gramilano” Spicer
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Bal­let, opera and theatre writer and photographer
Bal­let, opera and theatre writer and photographer

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Progetto Haendel – photo Brescia e Amisano, Teatro alla Scala, 2017 Mauro Bigonzetti’s Progetto Händel is intimate, expressive and beautiful to watch. Yes, for La Scala at least, it is low-cost – an EasyJet ballet – and you could see something similar…

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Symphonic Dances – Zenaida Yanowsky © ROH 2017, photograph by Bill Cooper The latest mixed-programme from The Royal Ballet was unveiled last night and will run until the end of this month. “Virtuoso dance from The Royal Ballet in a programme that includes…

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The Paris Opera Ballet’s Dorothée Gilbert and István Simon, principal with Dresden’s Semperoper Ballett, are rehearsing Giselle for the 30th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Festival at the Kazan Opera in Russia. Ann Ray was there to capture some…

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Robert Carsen created a jewel of a production for La Scala when he mounted a new Don Giovanni for the opening of the opera season in 2011. It is now being seen for the first time since then, and it is glorious both in the no-expenses-spared staging and…

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Writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about ballet, opera, music and photography for people who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like. I was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote…

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Two events make 1567 a watershed year in the history of music’s relationship to words. In Rome, Palestrina (c. 1525- 1594), the greatest master of Italian Renaissance polyphony, published his most famous composition, the Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope…

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Don Giovanni – Thomas Hampson, photo by Brescia Amisano – Teatro alla Scala Robert Carsen’s spectacular production for La Scala of Don Giovanni created for the opening of the opera season in 2011, started a ten-performance run last night, which ends on 6…

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Q&A When did you start singing?  In the crib. Apparently, I was a very vocal baby 😉 … no seriously, I already sang as a child. Young Thomas Hampson with his parents and siblings Why did you start singing? I loved tunes and music always made sense to me.…

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Progetto Handel Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle in rehearsal photo by Brescia and Amisano, Teatro alla Scala La Scala’s series of chamber music ballets which started with Heinz Spoerli’s Cello Suites, followed by a new commission from Massimiliano…

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Frédéric Olivieri has been named as the next director of the La Scala Ballet Company. His contract will run for the next three years. La Scala’s Intendant, Alexander Pereira, told the corps de ballet of his decision this morning, and the announcement was…
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