Category Archives: Theatre

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon…………….part two!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was an American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, including Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen. On a recent trip to Dunham … Continue reading

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The “Boss” in concert………………….

After the gloom and doom of some of my recent blogs I thought it might be useful to share something that will lift the spirit, so here is the “Boss” in concert playing Chuck Berrys song “you never can tell”…….worth … Continue reading

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Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’…………

  Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors Prejudice and hostile attitudes keep the upper echelons of classical music off-limits to many women, arts chief Jude Kelly has said. The top of … Continue reading

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A Lithuanian Orchestra, French Conductor and Elgar……in Vilnius

On my recent visit to Vilnius I decided to take in another concert at the Philharmonic Hall by the Lietuvos Nacionalinis Simfoninis Orkestra. I looked at the programme and saw that the main piece was the Music Makers by Edward … Continue reading

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English National Opera revives Anthony Minghella’s Madam Butterfly

English National Opera will revive Anthony Minghella’s 2005 Olivier Award-winning production of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly for six weeks from October 14 to December 1. The performances will be conducted by Tbilisi State Opera music director Gianluca Marcianò (who makes his ENO … Continue reading

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Perseverence…………………..

Last night I decided to listen to the Proms broadcast of Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal, primarily because it was being played by the Halle Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder and I am a fan of both the orchestra and the … Continue reading

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Above and beyond the call of duty……Tristan and Isolde

A few years ago I went for a short break to Vienna and during my stay I realised one of my lifetime ambitions, to attend a Wagner opera at the Staatsoper. The opera that went to see was the one … Continue reading

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