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ENO: The Ring ©Edward Burtynsky, Toronto, National Gallery of Canada
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THE RHINEGOLD
Francine is joined by David Mellor to review The Rhinegold, the first operatic production to open in the English National Opera’s newly refurbished Coliseum.

The Rhinegold is the first of 4 operas of Wagner's 'Ring of The Nibelung', followed by The Valkyrie in May, Siegfried in November and Twilight of the Gods in Spring 2005.

Rhinegold on 5 dates only: Sat 6, Thurs 11, Sat 13, Wed 17 and Fri 19 March


Related links: ENO

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THE DA VINCI CODE
Front Row investigates the truth behind the fiction in the book that is about to become the most successful hardback ever published. How much of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is truly factual about the Mona Lisa and how much is it artistic licence?

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, published March 2004 by Black Swan, ISBN: 0552149519

Related links:
Dan Brown Official Website

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HIDDEN TREASURE PLOTS
Cultural historian Jeffrey Richards looks at films which revolve around finding treasure and escaping rural life.

One Last Chance is released Friday 12 March, Certificate 15

Related links:
Britfilms: One Last Chance

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GARRISON KEILLOR
Francine Stock talks to the voice of Mid-West America, author Garrison Keillor about his latest novel 'Love Me'.

'Love Me', published by Faber and Faber, ISBN: 0571217222

Related link:
Garrison Keillor Page

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SHORT STORY COMPETITION
To mark World Book Day, Front Row is launching a Short Story Competition: Your challenge is to write the first 100 words of a novel in any genre, such as thriller, romance, chick lit, etc. A survey commissioned for World Book Day has revealed that accountants spend more time reading for pleasure than teachers, MPs, journalists, taxi drivers and vicars, on average 5 ¼ hours per week. Your first 100 words therefore must feature an accountant as a character and include five words from the accounting world: offshore, loophole, savings, spreadsheet, and figure.

Send your entries to Front Row, World Book Day Competition, BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA or email us at frontrow@bbc.co.uk, or use the email link below. Please label your emails World Book Day Competition. And the closing date is Friday - 12 March.

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Related links:
World Book Day Site

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TREE OF SATTA
And the Rankin Miss P reviews Tree of Satta which brings together 20 different versions of the definitive reggae anthem 'Satta Massa Gana'. This song is a vision of Paradise for people of African descent and the title means 'give thanks' in Ethiopia's Amhari language.

Various Artists on CD: Tree of Satta, Blood and Fire label, released this month

Related links:
Reggae News/Music: Tree of Satta

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