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Peace Through Superior Firepower

David Davis Three and more decades ago, when the Libertarian Alliance kept “The Alternative Bookshop” in Covent Garden, we used to print badges that said useful things to people: rather as if we were Marxists-Turned-Upside-Down – in the words of … Continue reading ?

LPNP Stays at the Rosewood London Hotel

Located in up-and-coming area of Holborn, and just a stone’s throw from Covent Garden, the Rosewood London takes center stage on High Holborn street. Originally the headquarters for the Pearl Assurance Company until the late ’80s, then...Show More Summary

Maria Stuarda at Covent Garden

Carmen Giannattasio and Joyce DiDonato (c) Bill Cooper / ROH 2014 Donizetti Maria Stuarda; Joyce DiDonato, Carmen Giannattasio, Ismael Jordi, cond. Bertrand de Billy; Royal Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 5 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Terrific musical performances in a dramatic performance lacking the courage of its convictions. Show More Summary

Manon Lescaut at Covent Garden - less than the sum of its parts?

Jonas Kaufmann in Act 1 of Manon Lescaut The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014 Jonathan Kent's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut at Covent Garden this month (we caught the 20 June performance) was proudly billed as the Royal Opera's first production of the opera for 30 years. Show More Summary

Carmelites returns to Covent Garden

Carmélites © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2014 Poulenc Carmelites; Royal Opera, Robert Carsen, Simon Rattle; Covent Garden Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jun 04 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Welcome return of Poulenc's opera to Covent Garden Poulenc's...Show More Summary

The Martyrs of Compiègne: what really happened to the nuns slaughtered in Poulenc's opera

Poulenc’s opera Dialogues des Carmélites (currently presented in a production by Robert Carsen at Covent Garden) is an intense study of The Order versus The Terror – how faith survives under totalitarianism, and how the individual copes in the face of death. It’s bleak even by operatic standards of multiple deaths, murders and suicides. The sound [...]

Premiere of intriguing new chamber opera by Edward Lambert

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Six Characters in Search of a StagePhoto Credit Edward Lambert Composer Edward Lambert, well known for his work at Covent Garden and his youth opera commissioned by W11 Opera ('All in the Mind' for the Britten Theatre 2004), has just...Show More Summary

The soprano who keeps her head when all around are losing theirs...

It's Sally Matthews, who stars as Blanche in the forthcoming staging (the Robert Carsen production) at Covent Garden of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Here's my interview with her from today's Independent. Show More Summary

Hothouse flower

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

To some, Anne Schwanewilms will always be the soprano in the slinky black dress who replaced Deborah Voigt at Covent Garden a decade ago.

New Bold Print Macs from Hancock – 3 Choices

Having recently closed the doors up their pop-up in Covent Garden, London, the folks at Hancock release a handful of new gems including three bold print mac coats: The Short Mac and the Modern Mac featuring their Combat Camo design,… New Bold Print Macs from Hancock – 3 Choices is a post by Glenys Johnson on Selectism.

Brazilian Film Festival 2014

3 months agoEngland / London : Londonist

Coming to the Odeon Covent Garden this month.

Opera North to launch new production in London

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Suddenly, the opera world has gone mobile. After yesterday’s ENO decision to co-produce Orfeo in Bristol, up pops Leeds-based Opera North with a new production that will open at Covent Garden’s Linbury Theatre. It’s a Jonathan Dove family opera, Swanhunter (pictured). Here’s the season summary:       Introduction from Richard Mantle Opera North’s new […]

Wheeldon's "The Winter's Tale"

3 months agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

The Winter's Tale Choreography Christopher Wheeldon Music Joby Talbot Designs Bob Crowley The Royal Ballet Royal Opera House, Covent Garden April 15 - May 8 by Judith Cruickshank copyright 2014 by Judith Cruickshank Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli in "The Winter's Tale," photo © ROH / Johan Persson 2014. Show More Summary

Inside The Hancock Outerwear Pop-up Store – London

Hancock outerwear set up shop for a few days in London’s Covent Garden. Best known for their “Vulcanised Articles,” the brand take their name from Thomas Hancock who, along with Charles Macintosh, created a series of rubber-bonded weatherproof cloths in the… Inside The Hancock Outerwear Pop-up Store – London is a post by Lena Dystant on Selectism.

Anglophile Zen: Episode 3 – Spend Five Minutes in Beautiful Covent Garden Market in London

In the latest episode of Anglophile Zen, spend five minutes in Covent Garden Market in London. Put on some headphones, put this video on full screen and be transported to the sights and sounds of London at Christmastime. The post Anglophile Zen: Episode 3 – Spend Five Minutes in Beautiful Covent Garden Market in London appeared first on Anglotopia.net.

Royal Opera new season

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Mariusz Kwiecien as King Roger in Santa Fe in 2012 The 2014/15 season at Covent Garden has much to enjoy. There are two new Verdi opera productions (I due Foscari and Un ballo in maschera), Giordano's Andrea Chenier with Jonas Kaufmann,...Show More Summary

Aisle View: The Moor of Covent Garden

Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his day, collapsed while playing Othello at Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in the spring of 1833 and died several weeks later. In an effort to keep the curtain up, management enlisted Ira Aldridge--aShow More Summary

Lurking in the shadows: Die Frau ohne Schatten

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Emily Magee (the Empress). Picture credit Monika Rittershaus © Teatro alla Scala Richard Strauss Die Frau Ohne Schatten: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Mar 26 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Claus Guth's stylishShow More Summary

Tony Hall’s arts vision boils down to the Bob and Jonty show

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

There is no doubting the good intentions of Tony Hall, former Covent Garden director whisked back into the crisis-ridden BBC. Tony, head of news in the John Birt era, brought with him a reputation for fair dealing, clear decision-making and a passion for the performing arts. Yesterday, he unveiled the mission. It is a bold […]

Tragic news: A much-loved English tenor is lying in a coma

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Brian Galliford, who overcame a brutal battle with mouth cancer in the 1990s and went on to sing significant roles at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne and La Scala, has suffered a brain haemorrhage and is lying in a coma in a Lyon hospital. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. You may send good wishes […]

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