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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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2014-12-19 cinema

Child brides, the people of Syria and New York’s homeless

In this focus on film we are at the Dubai International Film Festival where we hear from the winner of the top prize. Yemen's first female film director Khadija Al-Salami’s film...

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2014-12-18 culture

Forget Harry Potter, Jeff Kinney's 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' sells millions

One of the biggest children's authors in the world talks to Eve Jackson about how he went from being a newspaper cartoonist reject to writing bestsellers, being named as one of...

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2014-12-17 culture

"Charlie's Country" director Rolf de Heer on the contemporary Aboriginal condition

The Dutch Australian film maker talks to Eve Jackson and film critic Lisa Nesselson about his acclaimed drama "Charlie’s Country", Australia’s responsibilities to indigenous...

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2014-12-17 culture

'Charlie's Country' director Rolf de Heer on the contemporary Aboriginal condition

The Dutch Australian film maker talks to Eve Jackson and film critic Lisa Nesselson about his acclaimed drama "Charlie’s Country", Australia’s responsibilities to indigenous...

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2014-12-16 culture

Eddie Izzard, a 'force majeure' in the world of comedy

British stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard tells FRANCE 24 that he's planning to perform his shows in Spanish, Russian and Arabic, as well as French and English. The star has a...

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