Welcome! Here’s a roundup of news, posts, bits and pieces I’ve been sharing on Social Media since Day 1 of 2018.

THEATRE:

The Globe has announced that they will be showing a new production of Othello this summer. Claire van Kampen shall direct the production with Andre Holland and Mark Rylance who take on the role of Othello and Iago. Tickets are on sale from January 29th, 2018, so get your index finger ready as they will definitely sell out fast. (Click here for the Globe website.)

Ever read a great review of a show and wanted to see the show for yourself, but didn’t know where the theatre was? No worries. Blogger and theatre writer Liz Dyer has pre-made a theatre map for your location needs. If you are a theatre that isn’t listed on the map, let Liz know and she will update the map for you. (Check out the map on her blog.)

Happy News from Alice Jones on Twitter, reporting from Soho Theatre:

The Arts Council of England (ACE) published results from their commissioned reports, which highlight the significant growth in arts and culture in the UK. They say, ‘new figures show the arts and culture industry has grown 10% in a year, and now contributes £8.5bn to the UK economy. More than double that of the Premier League.’ For the in-depth analysis, read it here.

CLASSICAL MUSIC:

We’ve approached the 8th day of 2018 and, already, so much has happened. But let’s not forget what happened on the first day of January. As the classical music world expected, there was the 2018 Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert under the baton of Riccardo Muti in the Musikverein in Vienna. The concert was broadcasted to over 90 countries with 50 million television viewers around the world. The entire concert was recorded on CD and now available to purchase online here.

Here’s a touching and inspiring piece by British cellist, conductor and principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Julian Lloyd Webber. Oh, he is also Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brother. In this post, he says ‘Music should no longer be perceived as an add-on, a luxury, the icing on the cake. Music is the cake itself – and we have never needed its sustenance more than now.’ Read it fully here.

OPERA:

American tenor Michael Fabiano, currently performing the role of The Duke at the Royal Opera House’s production of Rigoletto, speaks out on how he has rejected to ‘do things with women on stage that were… strong’. This was reported here

See the original interview IN FULL with Michael Fabiano by WhatsOnstage reviewer Mark Valencia here.

Jonas Kaufmann had to cancel his concert scheduled with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. That said, he has continued with his original schedule thereafter which includes his Japan Tour. Social Media has posted photos from his fan groups enjoying his travels around the Land Of The Rising Sun. He shall be performing in Santa Monica and New York immediately after. Jonas is a machine!

The world was shaken by the Weinstein and Trump’s sexual harassment scandals which erupted in 2017. Making a stand for women against violence, the Florence Opera House deliberately changed the ending of their production of Bizet’s Carmen. Instead of Don Jose getting away with murder, the opera ends with Carmen saving herself. The Florence opera house said ‘femminicidio’ or femicide is common in Italy. It is the phenomenon of jealous men killing their wives, female lovers and girlfriends. This risky move was an act of protest, and how original it is, too! Read more here. 

I came across this interesting test for opera fans, especially those who know their Tosca from their Scarpia. I didn’t get very far. Try it, if you dare here.

Kate Molleson wrote an article about her travels to Mongolia to meet award-winning Mongolian tenor Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar. Drinking mare’s milk and sleeping in yurts is close to Ganbaatar’s heart who has no plans to move away from his home. The article is here.

The American tenor, Lawrence Brown Lee, who just finished his performance alongside Joyce DiDonato at the Royal Opera House, speaks openly about his experience of discrimination in the classical music industry to Fiona Maddocks. He says, ‘change is slow, across the classical world – even in orchestras which have ‘blind’ casting, behind screens. The New York Met orchestra still only has maybe five players of colour … It’ll take time.” Check out the post here.

SEMIRAMIDE_ROH Covent Garden,Semiramide; Joyce DiDonato,Assur; Michele Pertusi,Arsace; Daniela Barcellona,Idreno; Lawrence Brownlee,Azema; Jacquelyn Stucker,Oroe ; Balint Szabo,Mitrane ; Konu Kim,Nino’s Ghost; Simon ShibambuMusic; Gioachino Rossini,Conductor; Antonio Pappano,Libretto; Gaetano Rossi,Director; David Alden,Set designer; Paul Steinberg,Costume designer; Buki Shiff,Lighting designer; Michael BauerChoreographer; Beate Vollack,

 

GOLDEN GLOBES:

The common theme covering the news right now is the global protest of Violence Against Women. I firmly stand behind this movement. Yes, I’m a woman, but no one —man, woman or transgender person — deserves to be treated differently than the other sex. 

This was brought to life at the Golden Globes last night where female actresses, including Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, and Salma Hayek, dressed in black to uphold the values of #timesup #whywewearblack #Metoo, that is violence against women and gender discrimination. Oprah Winfrey gave an inspiring speech after winning the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which brought many to tears. (Video below.)

I also found this link with photographs of actors who supported the cause. Respect to those men walking alongside Zac Efron, Gary Oldman, James Franco, Chris Hemsworth, Kit Harrington and Ewan McGregor. See photographs of them here.

In light of these news, and having just spent my Christmas in Iceland, it was good to hear that Iceland had fully enacted the world’s first equal pay law. Full article.

POSTS FROM TRENDFEM.COM

I haven’t seen any new shows yet. I promise to have some reviews written up shortly, including the revival production of Salome at the Covent Garden this evening. See below for posts I’ve published so far.

Looking back at the Vatican in Rome and my blogging life in 2017.

Imagine having a limitless card that would allow you to see as many shows (opera, theatre, dance, musicals, etc.) as many times as you want for £19.99 a month. I share my thoughts here.

As some of you may know, I took a trip to Iceland and wish I had known some things before getting there. I’ve taken the time to avoid that for you, so have a look at my post on tips and tricks for holidaying in Iceland. This is from a different blog I own. Sadly, I don’t write in it as much as I should. Click here for the post.

That’s all for now, folks. I’ll try my best to keep you updated on social media bits as and when I can.