Opera and now ballet embrace 3D cinema

Last week the world of ballet took its first delicate and perfectly-poised steps into the world of 3D cinema. Giselle 3D – which was shot almost a year ago at Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg – received its big screen premiere in London and will be shown in selected cinemas around the UK in April. […]

Gandhi, “Father of the Nation”, was bisexual? India is furious

India could bring in legislation to jail anyone who insults Mahatma Gandhi while state governments are moving to ban a biography that reviewers said showed the “Father of the Nation” was bisexual. Gandhi led the campaign to end British colonial rule but lawmakers say his reputation is being besmirched by a new biography that suggests […]

Met Opera, ABT and concert tours organised by Japan Arts at risk


The Metropolitan Opera is debating whether to proceed with its scheduled Japanese tour in June, an ambitious trip that was several years in the planning and would be the Met’s first to that country since 2006. Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, met on Tuesday with union representatives about safety concerns and on Wednesday issued […]

Fabio Luisi chasing James Levine’s job leaves an opening for the young Daniele Rustioni


Last night Daniele Rustioni conducted Aida at Covent Garden. At 28 he is certainly young, but as assistant to the house musical director Antonio Pappano he was an obvious and pleasing choise to replace the escaping Fabio Luisi. Luisi, who’s eyeing James Levine’s job at the Met, dashed off to replace him, breaking his Royal Opera House contract in doing so. […]