Angela Gheorghiu is in London to promote a season of Royal Opera House filmed performances, three starring herself. The Royal Opera House is striving to build up opera and ballet audiences by piping 10 productions, five of them live, into 700 cinemas worldwide. The season opener was last night’s live broadcast of Gounod’s “Faust,” with Gheorghiu. Her recorded performances of … [Read more...] about Angela Gheorghiu: The Rolling Stones have a big sound. You know why? Because they are plugged in!
To mark its 25th Anniversary year, “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall” will be screened live in around 250 cinemas nationwide across the UK at 7pm on October 2nd. The event will be released on November 14th on DVD. The event will also be screened live on over 500 screens in North America on October 2nd with additional broadcasts in cinemas on October 5th and … [Read more...] about Latest on Phantom’s 25th anniversary spectacular
Just before giving his O2 concert in London, Placido Domingo talked to The Sunday Times' "A Life in the Day" column: on signing autographs, I live as simply as possible, but sometimes it’s a little difficult going for a walk, or in restaurants when people recognise me. I find the English are very respectful. People smile. If somebody asks for an autograph, I say: “Yes, but … [Read more...] about Placido Domingo on signing autographs and driving in London
Peter Schaufuss is rehearsing his company's Romeo & Juliet for London. It marks the 40th anniversary of Schaufuss’s first appearance with London Festival Ballet, now English National Ballet. More than a decade later, in 1984, he took over as the company's artistic director. He has been running the Peter Schaufuss Ballet for the last 15 years, which is at the London Coliseum … [Read more...] about Sneak peek: Peter Schaufuss working with Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev for London’s next R&J
Covent Garden it ain't. The crowd is six times the size and a good half of them of them will be munching hot dogs throughout but the Royal Ballet's debut run at London's O2 this weekend is a great success nonetheless. The company's bold experiment has brought high art at low prices to a whole new demographic, winning thousands of friends (and political brownie points) in the … [Read more...] about Among the fish & chips were Rojo & Acosta: the Royal Ballet at the O2
Certainly not-to-be-missed, the blurb from the ENO site announces the London performances of Romeo and Juliet with Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova: This July, for 9 performances only, Bolshoi superstars Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, with sensational Danish ballet star Alban Lendorf, will perform a twenty-first century re-staging of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Romeo & … [Read more...] about The ‘new Nureyev’? Can’t that be crossed out of the journalists’ handbook?
London's National Gallery is to limit visitor numbers to a major exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci works in an attempt to prevent large crowds detracting from the viewing experience. Admissions will be fixed at 180 every half hour - 50 fewer people than the gallery is legally allowed to let in. Advance booking opens even though the exhibition doesn't open until … [Read more...] about The National Gallery starts advance booking for its ‘landmark’ Leonardo da Vinci show
In the beginning, there are three main stepping stones that I remember very clearly. One was when I was 12 and made what I would call my official debut. I sang one song in a musical revue in London. At almost the last minute, I was nearly dismissed because they felt that in such a sophisticated setting, this little girl with a freak voice was much too innocent. My parents and … [Read more...] about Julie Andrews’ three breakthrough moments
The Guardian went to meet Patrice Chéreau who is in London to rehearse the first play he has ever directed in the UK. It's a coup for the Young Vic. The play he is rehearsing is I Am The Wind, a spare, concentrated two-hander written by the Norwegian Jon Fosse. He talked about working with English actors: They are very disciplined, very open, and because of the condition of … [Read more...] about Patrice Chéreau on English actors, the theatre, and his homosexuality
London was a big town for her. When I did the show at Carnegie Hall, there were people hating it, people sort of accepting it, people kind of [exhibiting] a general weariness of the whole situation. When I did it in London, it was across-the-board excitement and acceptance, and “This is fantastic!” It was almost like the same thing that she went through. I guess old lines … [Read more...] about Rufus Wainwright talks to Vanity Fair about Judy and Liza