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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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2018-07-16 Richelle HARRISON PLESSE

Beatmaker & singer Estère brings her musical melting pot to Afropunk Paris

New Zealander-Cameroonian producer and singer-songwriter Estère fuses indie-soul, poetic pop and modern RnB to create a unique style she dubs “electric blue witch-hop”. She talks...

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2018-07-13 Culture

Tom Cruise and 'Mission Impossible: Fallout' bring espionage franchise to Paris

It's his sixth time warding off planetary disaster, but agent Ethan Hunt shows no sign of letting up. Tom Cruise's character is back with daredevil stunts and spy-centred...

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2018-07-12 Eve JACKSON

The must-see exhibitions of the summer

We check out the top exhibitions to see this summer. Olivia Salazar-Winspear takes us from internationally renowned Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei's exhibition in the...

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2018-07-11 Eve JACKSON

Film show: Getting thrills with just an iPhone

Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about Steven Soderbergh’s mental health thriller "Unsane", filmed entirely on an iPhone. Other releases include "Dogman," "John...

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2018-07-10 Eve JACKSON

Haifaa al-Mansour: The director breaking boundaries for women in Saudi Arabia

The first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabia speaks to Eve Jackson about the parallels between her experience as an aspiring artist in a conservative Muslim country and Mary...

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