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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…

Review: Porgy and Bess at the ENO

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…

Londoness Loves October 2018

It’s a big birthday for me this month, so I’m taking a deep breath as I head into a very busy celebratory October. It’s always been my favourite month (how surprising, I hear you say?) but it’s more about the smells, the colours and the cosiness of a month where the leaves turn from burnt…

September in London, Londoness Loves

Londoness Loves September 2018

Pencils are sharpened, shoes are buffed, and raincoats make their re-appearance on the coat rack this month. It’s back to school, or as they call it in France, la rentrée, (the return). It’s been a quiet, heat-filled summer in London, but now it’s time for a good harvest of autumnal theatre, art, opera and music,…

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Carmen la Cubana

If you’ve ever been to Cuba, you may have visited La Guarida, one of Havana’s most famous paladar  restaurants and which attained mythical status after Beyoncé sashayed in and out of it with Jay Z. Its gloriously faded staircase is the set design inspiration for the sizzling new musical which opened at Sadler’s Wells last night,…

The Skating Rink, Garsington Opera

The Skating Rink at Garsington Opera

I always approach contemporary opera with a dose of trepidation. Often inaccessible and veiled in discordant notes, it’s easy to veer in the direction of more traditional composition. But as I headed back to Garsington Opera in Wormsley earlier this week, I was pleasantly surprised and somewhat bowled over by its latest offering, The Skating…

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Le Nozze di Garsington Opera

The French for twilight is crépuscule,  a word which conjures up that gleaming, twinkling time of day which is neither light nor dark, when the Goddess Nyx starts her magic dance. And Garsington Opera puts on a witching hour like no other with the thrilling sound of music and song from its pastoral outpost in…

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Londoness Loves May 2018

It may not look like May outside my window with the relentless grey tinge that accompanies that most uninvited of all types of weather: gusty winds and general sogginess. Even April’s tree blossom has resigned its fate to raining down onto the city’s pavements. The good news is the bank holiday weekend promises to bring…

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