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A trinity of concerts

Last Saturday to the SOH to hear the SSO.  I met up with my friend and former student (though I don’t think I ever directly taught him in class), Db. 1,076 more words


Friday Book Whimsy: A Certain Age

I’ve gone through a period where it seems as though many books I’ve read take place during either World War I or World War II. I don’t need to tell you that, while they are often interesting, they are also invariably and understandably sad. 414 more words

Book Reviews


Webster Booth had always hoped to sing in Grand Opera despite Malcolm Sargent’s advice to him that unless he had a private income it would be best to leave opera alone. 324 more words

Webster Booth

Der Rosenkavalier 

New year, new-ish season. I had originally decided against booking Der Rosenkavalier – it was too close to Christmas holiday etc. But as the ROH public booking opened, I ended up grabbing a £20 standing ticket to what turned out to be Renee Fleming’s farewell performance at the Royal Opera (she will retire from the Met with this same production in the spring). 1,676 more words

Not Shakespeare

Der Rosenkavalier at its most lyrical and tame (ROH, 11 January 2017)

I’m often not on board with critics but this time I found myself ditto-ing the entire Clements review for the Guardian back in December (which I read today, so as not to influence my opinion). 1,662 more words

Live Performances

Der Rosenkavalier - Royal Opera House, London

Normally I would run a mile on reading the composer name Strauss on any programme – of course Richard Strauss is no Johann Strauss but for some reason I have negative associations with this name. 971 more words


ROH's 2016/17 Winter Season now on General Sale

The Winter Season at the ROH usually eludes me but this year I wanted to specifically catch two productions: the first revival of McVicar’s Adriana Lecouvreur… 180 more words

20th Century