Stephen Pollard

The flying dutchman

By Stephen Pollard, May 3, 2012

There is one reason to see this new production of Flying Dutchman. And it is a compelling reason which makes me urge you to see it.

Edward Gardner, ENO's music director, conducts his first Wagner. And he does not just make a decent stab at it - he produces some of the greatest Wagner conducting you could ever hear.

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Heroic acts of a favourite villain

By Stephen Pollard, April 26, 2012

There are certain sentences which just can't be uttered. You know the sort of thing. If a politician said that most voters are idiots, he'd quickly be an ex-politician; and a rabbi who said that his shul board should stick to selling shmutters would soon be looking for a new congregation.

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The Guardian backs down

By Stephen Pollard, April 23, 2012

I've just heard that the Guardian has agreed to post a correction to their diary story.

Having libelled me by implying that I lied to their reporter, they now accept they got it wrong and are about to post this:

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The Guardian's libel of me

By Stephen Pollard, April 23, 2012

UPDATE:

I've just heard from the Guardian at last that they accept the need for a clarification and will be posting this:

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Put Abu Qatada on a plane and quit the ECHR (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, April 20, 2012

My Express column on the latest Abu Qatada developments is here.

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Despair is sometimes the only possible response

By Stephen Pollard, April 11, 2012

There are times when the only appropriate response to events is despair.

Yes, this week the European Court of Human Rights approved the extradition to the US of five terrorist suspects. But it's mystifying how anyone can take cheer.

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Rigoletto

By Stephen Pollard, April 6, 2012

There is one compelling reason to see this revival of David McVicar's 11-year-old production of Rigoletto.

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Theatre of rudeness (Spectator)

By Stephen Pollard, March 23, 2012

I've just realised that my Spectator piece about BO - yes, indeed - is now out from behind the paywall. It's here.

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Toulouse horror is the latest spawn of radical Islam

By Stephen Pollard, March 22, 2012

The familiar headlong rush with which the culprits of a terrorist attack are pronounced with certainty barely minutes after it happens has rarely been more decisively skewered than on Wednesday morning.

France woke up to the news that it was not, as the media had spent two days insisting, a crazed fascist who had murdered three North Africans and four Jews in two separate attacks.

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Opera: Miss Fortune

By Stephen Pollard, March 15, 2012

I cannot recall a new opera being more comprehensively trashed by critics than Judith Weir's Miss Fortune.

It stands accused of almost every flaw an opera can have: a feeble plot, derivative music, a static production, badly drawn characters and a banal libretto.

Yet the reaction from the first-night audience was very warm, with full-throated bravos and cheers.

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The Americans do not regard us as special any more (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, March 14, 2012

My latest Express column, on the Prime Minister's US visit. It's here.

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Review: The Death of Klinghoffer

By Stephen Pollard, March 1, 2012

John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer trails controversy in its wake. The eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin has called it antisemitic.

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President Fayyad could change the PA landscape

By Stephen Pollard, February 20, 2012

Ever since he became Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority in 2007, Salam Fayyad's popularity - both among Palestinians and with Western governments - has been built on one crucial factor. In an area where corruption had been endemic, and trustworthiness a seemingly mythical concept, Fayyad is incorruptible. He makes no empty promises. And he delivers concrete changes.

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