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Opening the Boxes Time change!

The above Radio 4 programme this coming Thursday 18th August is being broadcast at 11.30am and not at 1.30pm as previously mentioned. I hope that you can catch it.

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RADIO 4 DOCUMENTARY ON JENNIFER VYVYAN: OPENING THE BOXES, TUESDAY AUGUST 18TH, 1.30PM

When Jennifer Vyvyan died in 1974 she left behind a husband, a small son and an awful lot of stuff – which was put in boxes and stored in a loft for almost 40 years until it was re-examined and … Continue reading

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Winding Up!

Well we’ve tried hard to build a following on this Blog, but I think I have to admit failure! There will be few updates from now on here. You can though follow Michael White on his own lively Telegraph Blog … Continue reading

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A new Dream opening at the Coliseum

A new production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens later this week at ENO, directed by Christopher Alden with a cast led by Anna Christy (who took the title role in ENO’s recent Lucia di Lammermoor) as Tytania … Continue reading

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Charles Mackerras makes a last stand at ENO

Sir Charles Mackerras didn’t have the happiest of times as ENO’s music director – in charge from 1970 to 77 – but time heals most wounds, and he was happy enough to go back and conduct there as a guest … Continue reading

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The Bavarian cultural retreat where Pears and Britten used to go – still functioning, and still extraordinary

From the 1950s through to the 1970s Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears used to visit a place called Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian alps, an hour’s fast drive from Munich; and they went there, as musicians still do, partly to … Continue reading

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Antony Hopkins at 90

Jennifer Vyvyan had a wide-ranging but actually rather specific repertoire: there were standard things she didn’t do, but non-standard ones she did all the time. And among the non-standards was a piece by Antony Hopkins (the musicologist not the actor) … Continue reading

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A bubble-wrapped vision of heaven in Hampstead Garden Opera’s new Semele

One of Jennifer Vyvyan’s most notable Handel recordings was a Semele made for L’Oiseau Lyre in 1955 at a time when the score was unknown beyond the world of scholarship. First performed in 1744, Semele vanished from performance until a … Continue reading

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Opera in Northern Ireland – struggling but back in business

If things look bad for opera in England – with Arts Council cuts, withdrawal of local authority support, and disappearing sponsors – there’s some small crumb of comfort to be got by looking over the water to Ireland where things … Continue reading

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ENO’s Return of Ulysses – along with the return of several singers

It’s always good to find a show full of singers you’ve known and admired over the years but haven’t seen (or maybe noticed) for a while. And such a show, for me, is Monteverdi’s Return of Ulysses currently playing in … Continue reading

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