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Latest update : 2014-01-28

Brokeback Mountain - the opera - premières in Madrid

Annie Proulx's tale of forbidden love between two Wyoming cowboys has already become an Oscar-winning film, and now it’s getting the operatic treatment. On the day that it premières at Madrid's Opera Real, we hear from Proulx on why she wrote the libretto, and how she thinks her story lends itself well to the medium.

Sticking with the classical theme, we’re discovering an American take on European opera with Ryan Brown, founder and conductor of the US-based Opera Lafayette. He tells Catherine Nicholson about the artistic coincidences behind why his company is playing Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées back-to-back in two marathon musical sessions with the same singers and musicians.

Also on the show: we discover how Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour is planning to bring peace to Central African Republic; and we find out how French horse theatre from Bartabas, and Chinese musical virtuosity from pianist Wu Mu Ye formed part of a massive celebration of 50 years of Franco-Chinese diplomatic relations.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2014-11-21 culture

Michel Hazanavicius on life after 'The Artist'

He is the second Frenchman ever to win an Oscar for best director. He is most famous for "The Artist". The movie's triumph started at the Cannes Film Festival and ended on Oscar...

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2014-11-20 culture

Pierre Cardin's new Paris museum

He is one of the last survivors of the great post-war French fashion houses. At the age of 92, Pierre Cardin is opening a museum in Paris. The futurist of fashion has moved his...

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2014-11-19 culture

Film Show: 'Walesa', 'Hunger Games' and 'Dumb and Dumber To'

Our film critic Lisa Nessleson talks to Eve Jackson about the latest releases, including "Walesa: Man of Hope", a biopic paying tribute to the Polish freedom icon, "The Hunger...

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2014-11-18 culture

Mike Leigh on bringing Turner's art to life

Mike Leigh is one of the greatest British filmmakers of his generation. He has been nominated for an Oscar seven times, won the Palme D'Or in Cannes in 1996 for "Secrets and...

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2014-11-17 Johnny Hallyday

Music Show: New albums from David Bowie, Johnny Hallyday plus Band Aid

Music critic Mark Thompson tells Eve Jackson about the week's music news including Band Aid, David Bowie's "Nothing Has Changed", French superstar Johnny Hallyday's "Rester...

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