Music and Theatre Reviews (Leeds), Shakespeare

Review of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (directed by Lindsay Posner) and Macbeth  (directed by Damian Cruden) at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 4 Aug 2018 and 14 Aug 2018

(This article was unpublished.) This summer York added one more to its ordinary stock of tourist attractions and general wonders in the construction of a pop-up early modern-style theatre, situated elegantly beside the great landmark of Clifford’s Tower. This was modelled after the Rose Theatre which stood from 1587 to c. 1606 on London's south… Continue reading Review of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (directed by Lindsay Posner) and Macbeth  (directed by Damian Cruden) at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 4 Aug 2018 and 14 Aug 2018

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Pumeza Matshikiza and Simon Lepper: Life and Love, Howard Assembly Room, Wed 31st Oct 2018

A fine but ostensibly unspectacular concert takes a surprising, delightful and memorable turn. Schumann, Five Songs from Myrthen, Opus 25 Schumann, Frauenliebe und –leben, Opus 42 Richard Strauss, Four Last Songs Reynaldo Hahn, Three Songs from Venezia Folk Songs from South Africa Pumeza Matshikiza is a striking South African soprano with a burgeoning operatic career and a couple of… Continue reading Pumeza Matshikiza and Simon Lepper: Life and Love, Howard Assembly Room, Wed 31st Oct 2018

Poetry, Wordsworth

The Eight Greatest Poems of William Wordsworth (Society of Classical Poets, 6 Oct 2018)

N.B.: This essay was originally published by The Society of Classical Poets (http://classicalpoets.org/the-eight-greatest-poems-of-william-wordsworth/). October 6, 2018 by Charles Eager William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, in 1770—the same year as gave us Beethoven, Hegel, and Hölderlin—and died at the age of eighty, rich in the knowledge of his huge accomplishments, in Rydal Mount, Westmorland,… Continue reading The Eight Greatest Poems of William Wordsworth (Society of Classical Poets, 6 Oct 2018)

Music and Theatre Reviews (Leeds)

The Merry Widow, by Franz Lehár. Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre (Sat 29th Sept 2018)

(This article was originally published by Leeds Living: http://leedsliving.co.uk/art-culture/the-merry-widow-by-franz-lehar-opera-north-at-leeds-grand-theatre/) A production which, for its many delights, never makes up its mind whether it wants to be melancholy or jovial, but remains a memorable and special experience nonetheless. With Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Opera North’s 2018/19 season continues to reflect on the Great War in this centenary year.… Continue reading The Merry Widow, by Franz Lehár. Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre (Sat 29th Sept 2018)

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Tosca, Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre, 16 Sept 2018

A classic opera is given a moving, immersive and delightful production. Tosca is a strange opera, inasmuch as it is at once musically great and dramatically unsatisfying. Those who are familiar with the opera will know that its ‘surprise’ ending can be seen from a mile off, that it contains almost no end of melodrama in its plot,… Continue reading Tosca, Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre, 16 Sept 2018

Music and Theatre Reviews (Leeds)

Leeds International Piano Competition: The Final and a Tour of the Cobbe Collection (14 September 2018)

(N.B. This article was originally published by Leeds Living: http://leedsliving.co.uk/art-culture/leeds-international-piano-competition-the-final-and-a-tour-of-the-cobbe-collection/) A great Leeds tradition develops in new and exciting ways, and continues to excel at what first made it great. You may have noticed a few pianos around Leeds—in the Corn Exchange, the train station, the Merrion and Trinity Centres, the University of Leeds’ Parkinson Building. These… Continue reading Leeds International Piano Competition: The Final and a Tour of the Cobbe Collection (14 September 2018)

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A Classic Summer’s Evening with the Orchestra of Opera North (Millennium Sq., 28 July 2018)

(This article was originally published in a more punishingly polite version here: http://leedsliving.co.uk/art-culture/a-classic-summers-evening-with-the-orchestra-of-opera-north-millennium-square/) ‘A Classic Summer’s Evening with the Orchestra of Opera North’, Millennium Square, 28 July 2018 A light-hearted evening with a no-surprises programme becomes—by way of faux pas and churlish security—a bit more interesting than intended.   I was running—well, a fast walk—to… Continue reading A Classic Summer’s Evening with the Orchestra of Opera North (Millennium Sq., 28 July 2018)