Dandy on the Demands Handicapped Musicians Face

Dandy, a Shropshire-based alternative pop performer, has every right to be enraged. She claims that an abusive relationship in her early twenties rendered her impotent, while the deaths of thousands of fellow handicapped people as a result of the benefits system has filled her with anguish and hatred. "When she's at the assessment / She […]

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Rigoletto; LSO/Rattle – Review

In the opening act of the Royal Opera's new staging of Verdi's Rigoletto, Titian's alluring Venus of Urbino dominates the sumptuous court of the greedy Duke of Mantua. Later, it is replaced by the same artist's Rape of Europa. We know that the 16th-century duke was a renowned collector – and that when Mantua was […]

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