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Die tote Stadt

Die tote Stadt Music composed by Erich Korngold, opera directed by Carmen Jakobi, Saturday 25th June 2022, at Longborough Festival Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, reviewed by David Truslove You know that you have witnessed something special when a rapt audience withholds … Continue reading

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Go North, Young Man

Go North, Young Man Parsifal, Stage Consecration Festival Play in three acts, music and libretto by Richard Wagner, based on the poem Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach, Opera North Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Farnes, directed by Sam Brown, concert … Continue reading

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Cattle and Copper

  Cattle and Copper, by “Wild” Bill Hartley The owner of Rancho Mirago advised us against parking on the grass. This was nothing to do with a gardener’s pride, since the grass was brown and withered by the high temperatures … Continue reading

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Matches, made in Hell

Matches, made in Hell Carmen, an opera in four acts, music composed by Georges Bizet, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, new production by Opera Holland Park, directed by Cecilia Stinton, City of London Sinfonia and Opera Holland Park … Continue reading

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Janáček, The Excursions of Mr Brouček

Janáček, The Excursions of Mr Brouček Thursday 9th June, 2022, Grange Park Opera, The Theatre in the Woods, West Horsley Place Surrey, directed by David Pountney, reviewed by David Truslove With certain exceptions, Janáček’s operas are not often chosen for … Continue reading

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Belles Lettres

   Belles Lettres Eugene Onegin, composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, based on Eugene Onegin (1823-31) by Alexander Pushkin, libretto by Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky, Opera Holland Park, 11th June 2022, a new production directed by Julia Burbach, City of London Sinfonia … Continue reading

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Ars Poetica, Remembering A.E. Housman, 1

Ars Poetica – Remembering A.E. Housman, 1 By Darrell Sutton The history of classical Greek and Roman philology is replete with names of distinction. The list extends over 2300 years. It is an intellectual tradition containing poets, prose writers, their … Continue reading

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Man of War

Man of War The Mind in Exile; Thomas Mann in Princeton, Stanley Corngold, Princeton University Press, 2022, reviewed by Leslie Jones  Between September 1938 and March 1941, the novelist Thomas Mann, in exile from Nazi Germany, was a Lecturer in the … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, June 2022

  Endnotes, June 2022 In this edition: Vaughan Williams at the Barbican, Lennox Berkeley in Paris, reviewed by Stuart Millson Many musical events, festivals and programmes this year are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great English … Continue reading

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Sick Art

Sick Art Walter Sickert, Tate Britain, 28 April 2022 – 18 September 2022, an exhibition in collaboration with the Petit Palais, Paris, reviewed by Leslie Jones Walter Sickert eschewed the “idealised nude”. He painted street vendors, as in Two Coster … Continue reading

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