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Fantasio, Garsington Opera

Fantasio at Garsington Opera

Manolo Blahnik, who has taken up a well-heeled residence at the Wallace Collection in London, would feel right at home on the Garsington Opera stage this summer. That’s because its version of Offenbach’s Fantasio offers a powdering of Marie Antoinette (the Sofia Coppola version) with some flamboyant Commedia dell’Arte thrown in. And whilst poor old…

Londoness Loves July 2019

As London prepares for tennis fever, I’m sticking to the non-sporty side of the city where you’ll see me hanging out in our cool museums and theatres or sitting lawnside, but with a Pimms in hand and listening to jazzy tunes.  Here are some of the best things to do in London this July. Stay…

London Season, Social Season, summer, things to do this summer in London, The Season

The London Social Season

The Chelsea Flower Show may officially kick-start the London Social Season, but for me, it’s the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy that gets summer in London off to a rip-roaring start. The world’s largest open submission art exhibition signals a tee off for strawberries and cream, cucumber sandwiches, Pimms and lemonade, racing hats, flowing…

Things to do in London this March, Exhibitions, Theatre, Opera, Art Fair, March, London, 2019

Londoness Loves March

Drum roll: some big names are coming to London town this March, including Van Gogh, Tom Hiddleston, Anish Kapoor and opera superstars Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufman. With spring in my step, here are some of my favourite things to do in London this March. Pick of the month The Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, once…

Everybody Can! Opera, Nadine Benjamin, Tosca

Everybody Can! Opera | Tosca

I knew I had witnessed a little magic during the opening sequence of the ENO’S Porgy and Bess  last year.  Clara (soprano Nadine Benjamin) was singing one of opera’s favourite arias, Summertime,  to her babe in arms, and we were spellbound from the get-go. Last Friday, she commandeered the pulpit of St James’s Church Piccadilly…

Top things to do in London in 2019, best theatre 2019, top art exhibitions London 2019, what to do in London in 2019

Londoness Loves 2019

Suddenly, just like that, it’s the last of the teen years. And with all the uncertainty over the B word, thank goodness the arts and culture scene in London is remaining just as vibrant, superlative and oftentimes mind-blowingly exciting. Yes, it’s going to be a whiz-bang capital 2019 in London. Here are my top recommendations…

Porgy and Bess at the ENO | Review

London, why on earth did it take your opera houses so long to stage Porgy and Bess?  Thank goodness the English National Opera has corrected this cultural misdemeanour by staging the opera’s first major outing since the 1980s. It’s a sensory feast all round, perfect for opera lovers and novices as well as audiences of…

Oxford Lieder 2018

Oxford Lieder Festival 2018

It was a full house on Friday night at the opening of the Oxford Lieder Festival, the UK’s largest art song festival. And to mark a nation gone bonkers with Brexit, the organisers chose an apt theme: The Grand Tour, A European Journey in Song. Talk about sticking a chorus of fingers up at the…

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