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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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2017-01-24 culture

Backstage at the Haute Couture show of designer Julien Fournié

We take a closer look at the newest member of France’s Haute Couture circle, Julien Fournié. He works with unconventional materials to create riveting works of art. We also take...

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2017-01-23 culture

Dominique Dalcan: Godfather of French 90s pop returns to his roots

Dominique Dalcan joins us on set to talk about a quarter-century of music. The French pop singer and songwriter is back on the scene with "Temperance", a record that connects the...

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2017-01-20 culture

Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan speaks out about her time behind bars

After almost four months in prison, Aslı Erdoğan speaks to France 24 about being jailed in what many have described as a climate of censorship and artistic oppression. Also, one...

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2017-01-19 culture

Hisham Matar's memoir 'The Return' seeks answers in post-Gaddafi Libya

What do you do when you cannot leave and you cannot return? The question lies at the heart of Hisham Matar's personal account of his return to Libya in 2012, after more than...

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2017-01-18 culture

Film show: My French Film Festival, 'Stalin's Couch' and 'Birth of a Nation'

The best of new French cinema, live in your living room: film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us about My French Film Festival. The online initiative offers a selection of new...

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