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The Opera House / ENO: Otello
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:08:24 pm »
Greetings all! I've been an infrequent visitor of late, having recently sold up and moved to London. Still without proper internet, but wanted to draw your attention to a fine new production at the Coli of Verdi's Otello. Review here:

For those unable to get to a performance, Radio 3 is relaying live the performance on Saturday 27th September. Definitely worth it - for Stuart Skelton splendid Otello, but also for some fantastic orchestral playing - Ed Gardner demonstrating how Verdi should be played after an abysmal Rigoletto from Maurizio Ovaltini the day before...

The Opera House / Grimes on the Beach
« on: April 24, 2013, 10:30:08 am »
No, not a strange fusion between Britten and Glass, but performances of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh beach in June. I gather the orchestral contributions are being recorded the previous week at Snape (when three concert performances are also planned) and the singers radio-miked on the night. For sheer atmosphere, I think it's going to be quite an event!

Anyone else planning to venture across to Suffolk for this?

News and Current Affairs / Robert Poulton R.I.P.
« on: October 31, 2012, 05:31:02 pm »
Awful news about the death of baritone Robert Poulton in a car crash yesterday. I saw him only last week in Glyndebourne Touring Opera's production of Rusalka at Woking.


The Opera House / Martinů: Julietta
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:32:47 am »
Have just returned from the first night of Julietta at ENO. Here's my hastily penned review:

It's such a surreal piece and so suited to Richard Jones to direct. Although the production has been around for a while - it premiered in Paris in 2002 - it's well worth catching one of the remaining five performances.

Proms / Prom 72: Nixon in China
« on: September 06, 2012, 07:15:05 pm »
I thoroughly enjoyed the Proms performance of John Adams' Nixon in China last night. My review is here: and was given a plug by Petroc on Breakfast this morning.

Other reviews include a similarly positive Tim Ashley:

The Times (paywall...) which calls Kathleen Kim's Madame Mao 'shrill'... Really? The same Kathleen Kim who Tim Ashley praises as 'a career-making interpretation, one suspects, of a scene-stealing role'?

An ungrumpy Rupert in the Torygraph:

and a rather curious piece on Classical Source:

The Opera House / OHP Yevgeny Onegin
« on: July 09, 2012, 11:34:51 pm »
I'm looking forward to this new production at Holland Park this week. In preparation, I met soprano Anna Leese who sings the role of Tatyana:

The Opera House / English National Opera 2012-13 Season
« on: April 24, 2012, 07:04:09 pm »
I schlepped up to the Coli this morning for the press launch of ENO's new season and a very bold one it is, with new works - an opera about Walt Disney by Philip Glass (are they taking the Mickey?), new productions from controversial directors and some strongly cast revivals:

Theatre / The Duchess of Malfi
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:49:24 pm »
Just thought I'd pop mu head round the door to put in a good word for Jamie Lloyd's new production of The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic. I was in London for the Verdi Requiem at tonight's Barbican concert with the Mariinsky forces, so thought I'd try and catch a matinee performance at the theatre. Lastminute had tickets for £15 available and, as it turns out, I got upgraded to the stalls, which struck me as an excellent deal.

The staging is wonderfully atmospheric - plenty of darkness, shadows and swirling incense - and a set which has a striking architectural feel, with bridges/ walkways above the action well utilised. There are a couple of excellent portrayals: Eve Best as a poignant Duchess and Mark Bonnar a very good Bosola, conveying the volte-face his character undergoes after the Duchess' death convincingly. Harry Lloyd was a passionate/ reckless Ferdinand, while Finbar Lynch's Cardinal was suave and seedy. It's many, many years since I studied the play for A Level, but it's surprising how much came back to me during the performance. Well worth a visit if you're in town.

News and Current Affairs / 2012 New Year Honours
« on: December 31, 2011, 01:09:21 am »
Good to see that Antonio Pappano has been awarded a knighthood for services to music in the 2012 New Year Honours list:

Also, an OBE for Ronald Corp.

Television / Strina on telly
« on: December 03, 2011, 09:21:18 pm »
I was idly watching an all-Beethoven concert on SkyArts2, recorded a few days ago, when I suddenly spotted strina! But rather than the Academy of Ancient Music, this was with the OAE under Vladimir Jurowski - a rather hard-driven Coriolan, followed by a Fourth Symphony with plenty of nice contrasts, including a perky lightness of touch where required. What a fabulous woodwind line-up the OAE has (and has had for a number of years...)

Symphony No.7 to come later.

It looks to be in a French concert hall (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées?). I'm sure it'll be repeated soon.

News and Current Affairs / Kurt Sanderling R.I.P.
« on: September 18, 2011, 09:59:44 pm »
News through that Kurt Sanderling died yesterday, at the grand old age of 98. I shall remember him best conducting an electrifying Tchaikovsky 4 with the Leningrad Phil with the 5th and 6th conducted by Mravinsky on DG (mono).

The Opera House / Salvatore Licitra R.I.P.
« on: September 05, 2011, 08:45:02 pm »
The death of tenor Salvatore Licitra has been reported. He suffered a cerebral haemorrhage following a crash on his motor-scooter last week, after which he was in a coma. He died earlier today.

He was an exciting tenor, making a splash when he stood in for Pavarotti at the Met.

New York Times report here:

Proms / Prom 13: Bychkov/ BBCSO - Verdi Requiem
« on: July 25, 2011, 11:40:06 pm »
Slightly surprised that nobody's commented on last night's prom, a staggering performance of Verdi's Requiem. I thought it was incredibly good, very 'operatic' in performance and the three choirs involved were splendid.

Best prom I've been to for a long time...

The Opera House / ENO/ Alden - A Midsummer Nightmare
« on: May 20, 2011, 11:01:27 am »
I went to the opening night of ENO's new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream yesterday. Director Christopher Alden has set it in the 1950s/60s, contemporary to the opera's composition, in a school, with Oberon a kiddy-fiddling teacher, Puck one of his vicitims who - as a grown up 'Theseus' on the eve of his wedding - revisits to relive the horrors of his schooldays.

Thankfully, I wasn't reviewing, but here's the assessment/ savaging by our critic:

Musically, some strong performances. Unfortunately, Iestyn Davies was unable to sing, so mimed the role while William Towers sang from the side.

Reiner will be pleased to note(?!) that it's a co-production with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre, so he'll doubtless have the opportunity to witness it firsthand...

The Opera House / Royal Opera Season 2011-12
« on: April 13, 2011, 08:34:26 pm »
Antonio Pappano unveiled the 2011-12 season this evening at the Royal Opera House. Very much a season of cycles to lead into the Olympics: The Ring, Il Trittico, Les Troyens and, um, Mozart/ da Ponte.

More details here:

Anything to excite/ tempt you here?

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