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Thursday 12 February 2009
Sunday 18 January 2009
The narcotic beauty of Die Tote Stadt (pictured) sets the tone for a season of music inspired by obsessive love. Opening 27 January at the Royal Opera House, London (020-7304 4000), Willy Decker's Salzburg Festival production of Korngold's opulently scored opera represents another chance for British audiences to assess the "Viennese Puccini", though they won't have to wait too long for the real one.
Thursday 15 January 2009
Thursday 15 January 2009
Thursday 08 January 2009
My father, Roger Frith, was one of the most talented theatre lighting designers of his generation. He was born in Streatham, south London on 1 June 1939, and grew up in Histon, Cambridge, where he attended St Johns School. When he showed early promise as a puppeteer, his parents formed the Rogoli Puppets, which became a successful puppet company. At 17, Roger toured the country with Hogarth Puppets. He regularly operated puppets on children's television, including Muffin the Mule, which he operated on live television from Alexandra Palace.
Sunday 28 December 2008
Among the operatic high notes of 2008 was the notion that small is beautiful. Netia Jones's thrifty multi-media Acis and Galatea, sung to single strings under Christian Curnyn in Wilton's Music Hall, was beguiling, and Jo Davies directed an enchanting Cunning Little Vixen for the Royal College of Music.
Sunday 19 October 2008
We know the police are fed up with the amount of paperwork the job now entails, but they seem to have a pretty weird idea of how they should be spending their time. At a time when we're increasingly concerned about anti-social behaviour, new guidelines being given to senior officers seem to imply that they should ignore some indecency offences.
Monday 13 October 2008
Gerry Sanderson, who has died aged 55, was the classic English eccentric, whose talent was as deep as his love of life. His frequent balls and bashes, he declared, were the perfect antidote to the often clinical, calculating world of architecture in which he made his name. The party venues were his own country homes – Bucklebury Place in Berkshire and The Manor House at Petty France, Gloucestershire, which featured as a hotel in the film Four Weddings And A Funeral (Hugh Grant hid inside the wardrobe in Gerry's own room). From his impression of Ursula Andress's Honey Ryder in Dr No to a Heroes Ball get-up as John Lennon in Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club garb, there were few extremes to which he would not go in search of the craic.
Sunday 12 October 2008
Thursday 02 October 2008
In his current attempt to garner some form of political credibility, Lembit Opik is dipping into his own pocket in the hope of succeeding Simon Hughes as President of the Liberal Democrats.
Tuesday 23 September 2008
Iolanta, Opera Holland Park London<br />La Gioconda, Opera Holland Park, London<br />BBC Proms (1,6 and 14), Albert Hall/Cadogan Hall, London
Sunday 03 August 2008
Saturday 19 July 2008
The killers of Frederick Moody, Thursday's victim of knife crime in London, fled the scene shouting "leaving him for dead", witnesses said. The teenager was stabbed in the stomach just yards from his home in south London.
Tosca, Opera Holland Park, London<br/>The Magic Flute, Opera Holland Park, London<br/>The Cunning Little Vixen, Britten Theatre, London
Sunday 06 July 2008
Wednesday 02 July 2008
Can there be better credentials for directing Mozart's opera than having played both its composer and librettist? Simon Callow is a man of many trades, but his thoughtful staging seemed to bear that theory out. Designed by Tom Phillips with a painterly eye for zestful colour, this is Opera Holland Park at its most resourceful. Granted, the singing is often more about promise than fulfilment, and losing one's Papageno on opening night must have been unsettling (bird flu?), but honesty, good sense and a ready wit are prime attributes for any Magic Flute. When the Three Ladies arrived to deliver Tamino from the humanoid serpent, their 1940s haute-couture set the tone. Could this be the first Magic Flute in which the serpent has been dispatched with lethal-looking hatpins?
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