Books: The lad of many parts

A Life of James Boswell by Peter Martin Weidenfeld & Nicolson, pounds 25, 613pp: Sixteen bouts of gonorrhoea failed to dent a huge appetite for life.

Dance: Glory days


Dance: Once upon a time in Woking ...

Woking, Commutersville of the South, is not a place you expect to find an offshoot of London's hugely successful "Dance Umbrella". And this is patently both the attraction and the challenge for Umbrella supremo Val Bourne.

Arts: Through the Quixote


Letter from Hollywood: Our latest screenwriting discovery: a chap by the name of Orson Welles

Orson Welles is a director whose fame rests almost as much on the movies he did not make, or was not allowed to complete as he wished, as on the ones he did. With the exception of Citizen Kane, the brilliant debut that both launched and cursed his career, there is barely one work that wasn't dogged by studio re-editing, financial tussles, or the technical nightmare arising from his later, largely self-financed projects.

The unspeakable in pursuit of the sentimental

On Hunting by Roger Scruton Yellow Jersey Press pounds 10

Wanted: a Don Quixote to save Madrid's `Globe theatre'

THE EARLY 17th century theatre near Madrid is unique. Its historical importance is comparable to that of the Globe theatre in London. And yet, it is now under threat from regional authorities who, according to international experts, are ignorant and contemptuous of the building's priceless heritage.

Obituary: Lucia Valentini-Terrani

COLORATURA mezzo-soprano was a voice category much favoured by Rossini, who wrote many magnificent roles in his operas for such a singer. Lucia Valentini-Terrani was one who took full advantage of this repertory, singing comic characters such as Cenerentola (Cinderella) for her Scala and Covent Garden debuts, in Washington, Chicago, Aix-en-Provence, and many other cities: Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri, in which she made her Metropolitan debut: and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Is there a house for this Doctor?

Jules Verne wrote a story about a doctor who liked to play with gas. Gavin Bryars wanted to turn it into an opera. Blake Morrison wrote the libretto, but soon began to wonder if `Dr Ox's Experiment' would ever come off

Choice: Opera: Manon

Manon, The Coliseum, London WC2 (0171-632 8300) 7pm

Champagne Sylvie

Even the orchestra, who couldn't see her, gave Sylvie Guillem a standing ovation when she recently appeared with her old ballet company in Paris.

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Music review: The Lieder of the pack

International Song Competition Wigmore Hall, London


Riccardo Chailly conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in an all-Richard Strauss Prom in London's Royal Albert Hall, Tue, 7.30pm

Mariage a la mode

Edward Seckerson celebrates the partnership between Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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