Everybody Can! Opera is a mentoring platform produced by English National Opera’s (ENO) Harewood Artist Nadine Benjamin. It saw its second production at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, thrill and inspire an eager full-house of opera enthusiasts. The evening began with crowds of people inside the church and a queue reaching as far out as the streets of London. It almost seemed purposefully coordinated to tune the minds of its audience for a new production of Tosca set in present-day London.>>>
Okay, I’m late to the party, but as you may have noticed I’ve been making the most of my time out to get ‘adult’ shit done since November. Officially, I’m a 34 year old Quality Assurance Manager for a media agency that has moved into a lovely flat in New Malden, and as many of you will know the act of packing, unpacking and living in a place filled with brown boxes is far from ideal. Dealing with house moving chores and all that set-up-your-direct-debit palaver is the stuff of real, sorted adults and I’m barely clinging onto the tip of the iceberg. Unofficially, I’m still getting a handle of what I’m planning to achieve with my opera/theatre blog in 2019. It’s had a major holiday. (Hey, she needed it.)>>>
For the festive season, pantos and Christmas carols may seem like the perfect type of performance to see right now, but why not take the opportunity to see an opera like Gian Carlo Menotti’s Christmas opera, Amahl and the night visitors? This Sunday, as part of St. John’s Smith Square’s (SJSS) 33rd Christmas Festival, Bampton Classical Opera presented Menotti’s tender and family-friendly opera that is based on the biblical Three Kings’ journey to Bethlehem. (Bampton Classical Opera shall perform Amahl and the night visitors at Bampton on Friday 21 December, 7.30 pm.)>>>
Gian-Carlo Menotti’s much-loved family Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, shall be performed as a semi-staged production at St John’s Smith Square by Bampton Classical Opera. Emma Stannard – winner of Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017 – will be singing the role of Amahl’s mother. Here, Emma shares with us where her love for opera came from and gives a sneak peek of what kind of things to expect in this festive production.
Hampstead Garden Opera, North London’s leading opera company, presents a new production of Domenico Cimarosa’s masterpiece of opera buffa, ‘THE SECRET MARRIAGE’. Stage Director, Sinéad O Neill shares with us what it’s like to collaborate with HGO on this new production and where her love for opera directing, all, began.
Review by Iman Boujelouah
The Bunker auditorium fills to the actors of this two-hander, (Ben Nathan and the vibrant Lara Sawalha,) asking audience members to take off their shoes. The shoes are then placed in a row downstage as the actors casually converse with the audience – an atmospheric sense of home is instantly created. On a bare stage, the actors recount the verbatim testimonies from Israelis and Palestinians, that Nathan, who also conceived the play, gathered on location. Both actors are adept at putting on varying shades of the Semitic accents, and transforming rapidly with impressive characterisations. Through clever direction (Daniel Goldman,) the actors place the audiences’ shoes across the stage, before pretending to stand in their shoes, as they perform each testimony. The masterful lighting design (Richard Williamson) tightly holds this illusion in place. The idea that the audiences’ shoes have now become those of the Semites, is heart-warming and already hits home the need for unconditional empathy to each testimony.
Two Gents Productions’ upcoming show The Moors, at Tara Arts from November 7, is a playful amalgamation of South African workshop theatre and Shakespearean story structure, meditating on race, immigration, and art. The writer and actor of this two-hander show, Tonderai Munyevu speaks to us about the conception of the show, collaborating with Tunji Lucas and his interests in Shakespeare fused with South African performance and culture.
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Girls in Years 9-13 @KHSWarwick are looking forward to their trip to the English National Opera tonight to see Phelim McDermott‘s Olivier Award-winning production of Philip Glass‘s Akhnaten, following its sell-out run in 2016 @E_N_O pic.twitter.com/3PGgwnpGP0— King's High School (@KHSWarwick) February 15, 2019
My FAVOURITE thing in the world after working my breasticles off in the show is when some absolute turnip tells me they don’t need my signature because all I was, TO MY FACE was a ‘non important backing dancer’. I’m sorry but go screw yourself Barry, you’re a prick. Retweeted by Drama llama Mary🌸🎶