Daily Archives: November 25, 2010

Is the operatic tradition defunct? Where and how should new operas be put on? And which are the great modern operas?

On the opening of Alexander Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart at the Coliseum in London, Jan Dalley, FT arts editor, puts these questions to Andrew Clark, the paper’s chief classical music critic, and Nicholas Payne, former director of The Royal Opera, the English National Opera and Opera North. Plus, Martin Bernheimer, the FT’s classical music critic in New York, discusses what he sees as the conservatism of American opera-goers.

 

In this week’s podcast: We look at Ireland and its four-year austerity plan announced yesterday and as the euro plunges further we discuss the impact of the Irish debt crisis on Portugal and Spain. But we start this week’s show in Asia and the unprovoked attacks on South Korea by North Korea.

In the studio, John Aglionby; in Ireland, John O’Doherty; in Madrid, Victor Mallet and in Seoul Christian Oliver.

Presented by Gideon Rachman

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

Borrowing is no sin, provided we use the funds to ensure that we bequeath a better infrastructure to the future, says Martin Wolf

 

As the Eurozone debt crisis continues, which are the safest banks for your money? Could your pension contributions result in a nasty tax bills? We explain how you could be affected. And how to beat the VAT rise and grab yourself a post-Christmas bargain?