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Music, Theatre and Art blog

  • Inventing the Opera House
  • 08 August 2018, Ella Fornari
  • The opera house is one of the most successful new building types of modern times. Found all over the world, opera houses usually have three major features:...
  • Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts
  • 14 June 2018, Ella Fornari
  • The magnificent collection of Samuel Beckett’s manuscripts, notebooks, letters and other material held here at Reading was fundamental to the research for my...
  • The Birth of Jazz Diplomacy
  • 16 March 2017, Abigail Fiddes
  • In November 1955 a foreign correspondent for the New York Times declared  “America’s secret weapon” in the Cold War to be “a blue note in a minor key.” Since...