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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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Q&A David Aladashvili in Svaneti, Georgia When did you start playing the piano? Well, I should have started earlier. Why did you start playing? Ballet didn’t work out :) Which pianist inspired you most when you were young? Eliso Virsaladze. Which pianist…

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Fabio Luisi is the new music director of Florence’s Opera di Firenze and its spring festival, known as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Zubin Mehta, who has been chief conductor of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino since 1985, will stay on as…

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Today, Hungarian composer György Kurtág is celebrating his 91st birthday, and also his 70th wedding anniversary. He and his pianist wife, Márta, have been presented with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award (£30,000) in recognition of their distinguished…

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Italy has just lost another ballet company, that of Verona, which had been whittled down to twenty members over the last few years. A couple of decades ago, when Carla Fracci headed the company, it presented the classical repertory. Now a similar fate is…

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Starting on a positive note: the Stravinsky Evening at La Scala, with Petrushka and Le sacre du printemps, was an unmitigated success, thoroughly enjoyable and received a long, standing ovation from the first night crowd. Now the niggle: why is it that…

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La traviata returns to La Scala in Liliana Cavani’s beautiful 1990 production with sets by three-time Oscar winner Dante Ferretti, and the sumptuous costumes of Gabriella Pescucci. As always, the run is sold out. However, the artists involved have agreed…

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Petrushka with Maurizio Licitra, Mick Zeni and Nicoletta Manni Zubin Mehta will be conducting La Scala’s orchestra for a Stravinsky double-bill with the theatre’s ballet company: Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. Michel Fokine’s choreography and Alexandre…

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Leontyne Price in front of La Scala when she made her house debut in 1960 On this day, 10 February 1927, Leontyne Price was born in Laurel, Mississipi. To celebrate her 90th birthday, La Scala joins companies, colleagues and fans the world over in wishing…

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BALLET2000’s Special New Year Issue, is on the newsstands now. It looks back on a year in dance with, says editor Alfio Agostini, …the best shows, trendiest dancers, most significant companies and most creative choreographers. Each work illustrated is…

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410 Michele Esposito PDL 2017 photo gregory batardon D1A1869web A large audience attended the Prix de Lausanne finals both at Théâtre de Beaulieu and online. Eight young dancers have been awarded a scholarship allowing them to enter one of the 68 partner…
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