Cultural Life: Kate Royal, soprano
Friday 24 April 2009
I'm listening to Tony Bennett "Young and Foolish". I will never tire of this beautiful, flawless recording. I've also been listening to every single recording I could get my hands on of "Mi Tradi" from 'Don Giovanni', in an attempt to discover how best to tackle this crazy aria.
As I'm in the process of moving house I'm obsessed with all house buying, selling, renovating shows. For travelling I love 'Flight of The Conchords' and will probably start my second run of 'Six Feet Under'.
I just finished Steve Martin's biography. A very funny and moving account of his career. Somehow one cannot imagine that comedians suffer stage fright just as we do. I've just started 'Anna Karenina'.
On a flight recently I watched a fantastic film called 'La Graine et le Mulet'. Its English title is 'The Secret of the Grain'. One of the best films I've seen in a very long time. It stars Hafsia Herzi who completely steals the film in an amazing belly dancing display.
Midsummer Night is released by EMI Classics on 4 May and she performs at the Wigmore Hall on 7 May
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 2 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 Germanwings crash: 'Andreas Lubitz planned to marry pregnant girlfriend', claims German report
- 5 Germanwings plane crash: Transcript reveals passengers 'screamed for over five minutes' before plane crashed into mountain
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Jay Z launches streaming service Tidal with help from Kanye West, Rihanna and Coldplay
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Menstruation-themed photo series artist 'censored by Instagram' says images are to demystify taboos around periods
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew