An exhibition of photos from La Scala’s extensive archive will open in the first-floor foyer from 12 May, together with a concert on 14 May featuring members of La Scala’s Academy. Gencer died ten years ago on 10 May 2008. The name of the Turkish soprano was linked with the theatre during her career and the relationship continued until her death when she coached opera students … [Read more...] about Teatro alla Scala pays homage to Leyla Gencer [Photo gallery]
Michael White, voted Britain’s least boring music critic by listeners of Classic FM, comments in the Telegraph about the rush of first-time directors at the ENO. It’s no bad thing to be an amateur: we all have things we like to do, however badly. But there comes a point when amateurs delight their audience too much. And there are areas of life that they’re better off … [Read more...] about You don’t expect the pastry chef to make an exquisite consommé, so why should the film auteur be capable of directing opera?
Daily Express critic William Hartston feared the worst as the theatre lights dimmed: WHEN a cinema screen lowered over the stage at the Coliseum at the start of this new production of Donizetti's rarely performed opera about wicked 15th century Italians, I thought, "Here we go again". The ENO has a rather dodgy recent history of asking noted stage or film directors to have … [Read more...] about Figgis’ Lucrezia Borgia at the English National Opera “really works”
London theatre stars including Daniel Boys, Louise Dearman, Alex Gaumond, Ray Meagher, Ben Richards and the cast of Jersey Boys were among the theatre fans who celebrated the launch of Get Into London Theatre yesterday. Former Any Dream Will Do contestant and Avenue Q star Boys hosted the event, which was held at the Royal Festival Hall and featured performances from Jersey … [Read more...] about West End stars launch Get Into London Theatre