Dame Darcey Bussell talks about loves and dislikes from Astaire to Jane Fonda, from Chorus Line to Romeo & Juliet, from dyslexia to diamond earrings.
Q&A in italiano When did you start singing? When I was 13 or 14 I started singing Georgian and Russian folk songs with my sister who was played the piano. Why did you start singing? My father used to sing in a folk chorus, but not as a professional singer, it was just a hobby […]
Q&A When did you start dancing? I started dancing at the age of 3 at my mothers dancing school Why did you start dancing? My mother wanted to give me as many opportunities in life to see what passions I grew for myself, and also what I was talented at. Dance was just one of […]
Q&A When did you start singing? Maybe at 5. Why did you start singing? I always loved to sing anywhere, anytime. Which singer inspired you most when you were young? Gwen Verdon, Julie Andrews. Which singer do you most admire? It’s hard to choose… favourites are Janet Baker, Susan Graham, Richard Stilwell, Joyce DiDonato, Kiri […]
By Peter Franklin, University of Oxford The Royal Opera House’s restaging of La Bohème will get the same responses as any other production of the Puccini opera. The savvy enthusiast hedges cautiously, perhaps going with the sceptic’s play-it-safe response: “Well, it puts bums on seats, pays for the things we really want to see… in […]
Q&A When did you start dancing? I started dancing very young, around 4, at the dance studio in Magnanville, France. Why did you start dancing? I used to wait for my sister while she was taking ballet classes. The teacher and owner of the school (Murielle Maurin) saw me, she pulled me into the class, […]
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In today’s Sunday Times, Adam Cooper – ex-Royal Ballet dancer, and currently tip-tapping in the West End – talked about the places where he and his elder brother, Simon, grew up. Until their teens they lived in a ‘poky’ flat in Tooting. The flat was much too small for two energetic boys with a musician father who had […]
Leslie Caron is in London as An American in Paris is about to be in the cinemas once again. She talked to The Times: When I first arrived in Hollywood I had never seen a musical. I was only 18. Until then I had been a premier dancer in the Ballets des Champs-Élysées, in Paris. Then, […]
Betty Garrett, perhaps most remembered as the Frank Sinatra’s wise-cracking taxi-driver sweetheart in MGM’s “On The Town” died yeaterday after a short illness. Garrett, who had a great comic talent, as well as being able to sing and dance, was part of the MGM family during the golden years of musicals. She made “On The Town”, […]