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Aix Episode 4: Flying Ants – The Return

Aix Episode 4: Flying Ants – The Return

By | July 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm | 3 comments

It can't be an easy task changing the sets night after night from Don Giovanni's wooden-panelled living room resembling a gentlemen's club (and I don't mean "Spearmint Rhino") to the flamboyant circus-top housing Rigoletto's world. The wardrobes of the two productions are also...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 3: Birds, brassieres and BBQs

Aix Episode 3: Birds, brassieres and BBQs

By | July 4, 2013 at 11:46 am | One comment

The dress rehearsals were, as expected, not free from hitches. In both operas we lost all stand lights and gamely carried on, even though it was pitch black for some. Interestingly the conductors dealt with the situation very differently. Mark Minkowski frantically turned round...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 2: Going Down T’Pit

Aix Episode 2: Going Down T’Pit

By | June 28, 2013 at 8:39 am | One comment

Amazingly, I remembered the twisting journey down to the bowels of the Archeveche as if the operas of two years ago were only yesterday. There's not enough room to swing a cat (preferably the scary wild one that ran through the pit last time during the death scene in Traviata)...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Aix Episode 1: Migrating South

Aix Episode 1: Migrating South

By | June 23, 2013 at 9:17 am | 2 comments

In the absence of newly-published author and Principal Flute, Gareth Davies here in Aix-en-Provence, I shall be stepping out of my stilettos and into his shoes, if I may, to write a few blog posts during our time here. Apologies as I have neither the writing style, skill or wit...

Posted in: Aix-en-Provence Festival 2013, LSO On Tour

Ambrosia and …er…amnesia

Ambrosia and …er…amnesia

By | May 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm | 8 comments

When I was about 12 years old my mother worked at a Catholic school, and one Easter our whole family was able to go on the trip to Rome. Even as a pre-teenager, the ancient splendour of the city impressed me and I have always wanted to go back. In actual fact, I have been back...

Posted in: Italy May 2013, LSO On Tour

DO NOT WALK OUTSIDE THIS AREA

DO NOT WALK OUTSIDE THIS AREA

By | April 30, 2013 at 11:41 am | No comments

I have a window seat on the flight back from Cologne. I’m a creature of habit and whilst I don’t mind this seat on a short flight, on a long haul I always end up feeling rather trapped and stuck in my place. Looking out at the wing, which is obscuring my view as we descend...

Posted in: Brussels Paris & Cologne Apr 2013, LSO On Tour

A Deep Rex in Paris

A Deep Rex in Paris

By | April 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm | No comments

“Turn the wobble box off gentlemen. You sound positively geriatric.” Sir John Eliot Gardiner, celebrating his 70th birthday is back. This is his way of asking the choir to sing with less vibrato. He may be at an age where most of us would be considering slowing down,...

Posted in: Brussels Paris & Cologne Apr 2013, LSO On Tour

The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same

By | March 9, 2013 at 4:11 am | 2 comments

In Japan, things aren’t always exactly what they seem. The cake at the bakery which reveals its secret red bean paste filling, the colourful appetisers with the unfamiliar texture or the chicken teriyaki which turns out to be a more adventurous part of the chicken’s anatomy....

Posted in: Korea & Japan Feb & Mar 2013, LSO On Tour

Die Traumdeutung

Die Traumdeutung

By | March 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm | 6 comments

It takes a while until I am absolutely sure. The volume is low and the aeroplane engines are beginning their pre flight whine; momentarily the rising pitch of the engine and music randomly coincide in Cagian cacophony. Rather than sitting en masse, the orchestra has been...

Posted in: Korea & Japan Feb & Mar 2013, LSO On Tour

A Portrait of an Artist

A Portrait of an Artist

By | March 1, 2013 at 4:46 am | 8 comments

Somehow, it’s nearly Friday. Already. It was only Tuesday yesterday when I left home, but now it’s nearly Friday. And I’m in Seoul in Korea. Of course, it’s impossible to have been Tuesday yesterday as it’s nearly Friday because despite the good people of LSO Towers'...

Posted in: Korea & Japan Feb & Mar 2013, LSO On Tour

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