Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is an opera journey about two lovers and their mystical struggle to be together with numerous fantasia-esque characters who help them, while others obstruct them, on their way. The opera’s significance is not simply due to its mysticism or status as Mozart’s penultimate operatic work but because of its stunning and uniquely written … More Royal College of Music: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
The idea of Clapham Opera Festival started in Marie Soulier’s living room where she invited a soprano and pianist to perform in front of 30 people. After 16 ‘house gigs’ Soulier introduced the festival last year to promote young opera talent and opera to wider audiences including curious opera newbies and children. Off the back … More Clapham Opera Festival 2014: Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Flock to the Crown: Competition Win a pair of tickets to a performance of ‘Just Like That! – The Tommy Cooper Show’ at the Museum of Comedy in Bloomsbury. Just tweet to @flocktothecrown the answer to this simple question: What is Tommy Cooper’s real name? The Museum of Comedy is presenting writer and actor John Hewer’s … More FTTC Competition: Tickets to The Tommy Cooper Show ‘Just Like That!
I was just minding my own business, casually reading the paper on my morning commute, when sexism was served up to me right on platform number 2, hours before the watershed. Metro was reporting that a BBC radio presenter by the name of Nick Conrad had descended a few rungs on the evolutionary chain, and … More Comment: Evolution or Castration?
There’s much to enjoy about Falstaff; the final opera composed by Verdi. It refuted many of his contemporaries including Rossini and proved that he could write comedy operas just as well as his great tragic operas like La Traviata. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor, Verdi and his librettist Arrigo Boito produced a … More Fulham Opera: Verdi’s Falstaff
This morning my social media feed exploded with the revelatory news that Benedict Cumberbatch was engaged to Sophie Hunter and, for me, it’s rather interesting how social media, particularly female fans, have responded to the unexpected news. This response is very similar to the way they responded to George Clooney’s engagement to the stunning international … More Benedict Cumberbatch’s Engagment: An Oscar Award Ploy?
I hate writing rave reviews. It isn’t considered ‘cool’ to admit you consider anything (whether Puccini or Pokemon) to be without fault. When you hate a movie vitriol and condemnation sprays onto the page in torrents – projectile critiquing if you will. When a film is both fantastic and flawed you have two sides of … More Film Review: Gone Girl ★★★★★