I went to Fulham Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor on Friday night and was bowled over by the singing and, to a lesser extent, the production. Continue reading Lucia
Risurrezione by Franco Alfano (1875–1954) has been acclaimed as this year’s Wexford hit and so the festival went out on a high note on the last night on Sunday when we saw it. Continue reading Last Night
A margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec, and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt or sugar on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice (Wiki).
A performance of Margherita, an opera by Jacopo Foroni (1824–1858), is rarer than the similar sounding cocktail. On Saturday evening we saw the final performance at Wexford. Continue reading Margherita
It’s not easy to date the opera house in Rome because it has twice been altered. Most recently the facade (not my greatest picture) was re-done in 1958. Prior to that, in the 1920s, there was a substantial make-over. Continue reading Tosca
I have been feeling off-colour all summer. There is a constant metallic taste in my mouth, loss of appetite and general lassitude. I feel tired after quite short walks. I feel twenty years older than I am. Continue reading Amlodipine
Friday morning: persistent rain, ditto hangover and the hinges on the freezer door have broken. Consolation: good for garden, hangover acquired most pleasurably, no food in freezer. Continue reading Mahler’s Sixth
The shift from summer to autumn is marked by the Proms drawing to a close. I was at my penultimate concert on Wednesday. Continue reading Liguria