The evening started with Steve Reich and Colin Currie performing the 1970 Clapping Music which was a strong taster for what was to come.
One of the great classic Broadway musicals, those brazen chords by Jule Styne (music) as the orchestra limber up in the Overture let you know immediately you’re right in the heart of razzmatazz Broadway showbiz, where the lights shine brighter, the feathers are bigger and everything sings of a world of glitz and dreams.
This show originally opened on Broadway in 1955 and is a modern Faustian pact where a middle aged baseball fanatic sells his soul to the devil for youth and the chance to beat the Yankees.
Fiona Shaw’s first impulse was to give Mozart’s famous comic opera a comic slant. But she concedes that Beaumarchais’ original text, set before the French Revolution, had to stay in the eighteenth century.
The library committee of Stepney Borough Council have invited Ms Tilly Crumb, the maverick editor of the Stepney Chronicle to give a lecture about the First World War. Tilly is a cross between Germaine Greer, Janet Street Porter and Edith Piaf and the library committee are nervous that her lecture will be just a bit too radical for their taste.
This is the most surprising of nineteenth century operas. It’s a Western! The work is based on David Belasco’s drama of the same name though Puccini’s original was in Italian and known as La Fanciulla del West with libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini. Belasco’s 1905 stage play was a hit but the 1910 […]
The première of Verdi’s Otello at ENO was also a celebration of director David Alden’s 30th anniversary at the opera house. American lyric soprano is a rich-voiced Desdemona making her UK debut. Australian heldentenor, Stuart Skelton is a charismatic Otello who is matched outstandingly by Jonathan Summers’ cool Iago. This is a magnificent production.
This highly energetic musical theatre piece is a strong political theatre event. Set at the start of the Vietnam War, it explores a fraternity’s sexual initiation and their journey into the hell so many young Americans suffered in the mindless war against Vietnamese communism.
This evening’s programme was performed by the Royal Scottish Orchestra. Samuel Barber’s lyrical Violin Concerto, with a stunning performance by Vadim Gluzman, was the prelude to an evening which was more of a war cry than a polished musical offering.
It’s hard to put your finger exactly on what makes Guys & Dolls such a classic, magical show. Is it the characters – the gambling low lifers Damon Runyon conjured from the streets of New York in the 1920s?
The French have a phrase for artistes like Camille. Bête de scène. It means a singer or performer who knows how to seduce her audience.
Metta is a traditional Buddhist word that means loving kindness and friendliness towards all. This new group led by Damian Helliwell promises to break new ground in contemporary Scottish music and the result is exciting.