As birthday approaches, opera icon Hvorostovsky keeps singing despite battling cancer
Oct16

As birthday approaches, opera icon Hvorostovsky keeps singing despite battling cancer

Russia’s star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky plans to celebrate his birthday on October 16 at the Old Opera in Frankfurt, just after finishing cancer treatment. “Life is wonderful. I take each day as joy and as a victory. My voice sounds great,” proclaimed Hvorostovsky. He also added that during the course of his chemotherapy he sang every day. “Until the next treatment, I am working and will most likely keep working...

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Bob Dylan still silent on Nobel literature prize win
Oct15

Bob Dylan still silent on Nobel literature prize win

More than 24 hours after awarding Bob Dylan the Nobel prize for literature, the Swedish Academy said Friday they had still not managed to speak to the reclusive US singer. “The Academy has spoken to Dylan’s agent and his tour manager,” the Academy’s chancellor Odd Zschiedrich told AFP. But as yet they have not spoken directly to Dylan himself, he said. “It’s happened several times — even in...

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Music school hits right note for Kabul’s street children
Sep30

Music school hits right note for Kabul’s street children

Short and upright in his grey suit, Wahidullah enchants his audience as his fingers dance over the piano keys. The 20-year-old used to sell chewing gum in the streets of Kabul, until he passed an audition at the Afghan National Institute of Music (Anim) and his life changed tune. Ahmad Sarmast, the school’s founder, believes children deserve a better life than polishing shoes or selling trinkets to motorists. At Anim, he teaches...

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Russian opera star Hvorostovsky to debut on Bolshoi’s stage in December
Sep28

Russian opera star Hvorostovsky to debut on Bolshoi’s stage in December

The Bolshoi Theatre has not received any official notification that Russian baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky would not sing in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Don Carlos in December, the theatre’s Spokeswoman Katerina Novikova told TASS. Hvorostovsky is to make his first appearance on the Bolshoi stage in Verdi’s “Don Carlos” on December 7 and 10. The production staged by British Stage Director Adrian Noble saw its first night at the...

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Music makes beer taste better
Jul31

Music makes beer taste better

Music can influence how much you like the taste of beer, according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychology. Their findings suggest that a range of multisensory information, such as sound, sensation, shape and color, can influence the way we perceive taste. The Brussels Beer Project collaborated with UK band The Editors to produce a porter-style beer that took inspiration from the musical and visual identity of the band. The...

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