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Thursday 22 October 2009
Today, Cath Kidston's iconic floral prints and affordable household items, that lend more than a nod to the trend for vintage chic, appear in must-have lists and households across the world. Her empire spans 28 shops and concessions in the UK, two shops in the Republic of Ireland and five in Japan. The brand has beaten the odds in the economic downturn with profits rising in the past year from £2.9m to £4.6m. And with sales now reaching £31.3m, she clearly has a head for retail. These figures belie the brand's humble beginnings in a small shop in London's Holland Park.
Kat'a Kabanová, Opera Holland Park, London<br></br>BBC Proms PCM2, 15 & 16, Cadogan Hall / Royal Albert Hall, London
Sunday 02 August 2009
Wednesday 29 July 2009
The last thing you need is a voiceless tenor on opening night of Verdi's troubled political thriller Un Ballo in Maschera. The pivotal role of Gustavus III, assassinated at a masked ball in the Royal Opera House, Stockholm, in 1792, has been much beloved of big stars throughout its chequered history. Rafael Rojas is hardly that but David Rendall has been and together they rescued a near-disaster, Rendall singing from the pit, Rojas moving and mouthing furiously on stage.
Un ballo in maschera, Opera Holland Park, London<br/>Proms 5 & 6, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>Orpheus and Euridice, Blackheath Halls, London
Saturday 25 July 2009
Wednesday 22 July 2009
The last thing you need is a voiceless tenor on opening night of Verdi’s troubled political thriller Un ballo in maschera.
La Bohème, Opera Holland Park, London<br>Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk<br>A Midsummer Night's Dream, Britten Theatre, London
Sunday 05 July 2009
Tuesday 23 June 2009
Here's a first. As the sweetly atmospheric prelude fades away, the stillness is rudely shattered by the abrasive wail of an air-raid siren sounding the all-clear. Two gas-masked faces peep around a gigantic door. It sits at the centre of sinister, charcoal-drawn walls depicting the forbidding forest beyond. We are in wartime, for sure, a time of fear and austerity and rationing, but whether in Germany or dear old Blighty (there are resonances of both and the sung language is German, of course) is pretty much irrelevant to Stephen Barlow's wittily effective staging. What matters to Hänsel and Gretel is that it's a strange world to be growing up in.
Wednesday 17 June 2009
One by one, the country-house opera companies are laying out their wares, each with its unique selling point. For me, Opera Holland Park's USP is partly horticultural – the Kyoto Garden, so idyllic a piece of Japan that you can hardly believe you're in London – and partly anti-operatic, in that the open-air stage is invaded by a gentle cacophony of birds, dogs, children, aeroplanes, and traffic sounds. But the company's raison d'être lies in adventurous programming, coupled with an ability to pull in some outstanding voices – and on both counts the opening show scored high.
Sunday 14 June 2009
Hänsel und Gretel, Holland Park, London<br>Eliogabalo, Grange Park, Hampshire<br>Roberto Devereux, Holland Park, London
Sunday 14 June 2009
Wednesday 27 May 2009
Michael Volpe - General Manager of Opera Holland Park - reminisces with Edward Seckerson about his 20 years of bringing grand opera to W8.
Tuesday 26 May 2009
Tuesday 05 May 2009
Thursday 19 March 2009
The painter Dick Gilbert belonged to a coterie of Cornish-born and -bred artists who proved a visually distinctive minority within the mid-century St Ives "school". These included Peter Lanyon, Michael Canney, Margo Maeckelberghe, the potter William Marshall and before them the naive painters Alfred Wallis and Mary Jewels. Though the irresistible Cornish landscape and haunting genius loci provided overriding source material for virtually all Cornish modern artists it is not easy to identify a single or coherent stylistic complexion unique to this native enclave other than an emotional and frequently expressive semi-abstract landscape painting and an improvisatory or makeshift approach to the materials closest to hand.
Thursday 12 March 2009
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