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Gauging the significance of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess in the chronology of American music theatre

In Audio, Features, Musicals, Opera, Opinion by Edward SeckersonLeave a Comment

The recent revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess at English National Opera and the prospect of comparing all its available recordings in BBC Radio 3’s Record Review has prompted me to look a little deeper into this landmark score and to reassess its significance in the chronology of American music theatre.

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‘From the age of four, opera just became the thing I loved’: Interview with soprano Eleanor Dennis

In Interviews, Opera by Helen McWilliamsLeave a Comment

Soprano, Eleanor Dennis arrived on my radar when I attended Three Choirs Festival at Worcester Cathedral. Her voice is so exquisite that it still resonates almost a year on. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye on her career and have thus far been unable to make the requisite journeys see her on stage. However,… Continue Reading →

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‘McCrystal’s touch and comic vision is what makes it special’: IOLANTHE – ENO at London Coliseum ★★★★★

In London theatre, Opera, Opinion, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

If you can tear your eye away from the mayhem on stage, the surtitles for Iolanthe remind us of the utter brilliance, the absurdism, mad rhymes, unexpected neatness and damn sharp satire which WS Gilbert flung out like a literary Catherine-wheel. Gorgeous. I recant. I regret the years of avoiding G&S.

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NEWS: ENO announce the first major West End revival of Chess in over 30 years

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, News, Press Releases, Sticky by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

CHESS, the epic musical love story set amid the tensions of a world championship chess match, will play at the London Coliseum for a strictly limited 5 week run from Thursday 26 April 2018, with a press night on Tuesday 1 May 2018. Tickets go on public sale on Friday 3 November from 10am.