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How to get cheap (and free) opera tickets in London

Last updated on November 14th, 2020 at 09:38 amLondon opera isn’t just for the well-heeled. Here are some tips on how to see some top productions without breaking the bank including opera, chamber, classical music and song.  Oh, and the best bit – some of it’s free. So, shhh: here’s Londoness’s guide to affordable opera…

Everybody Can! Opera, Nadine Benjamin, Tosca

Everybody Can! Opera | Tosca

Last updated on March 9th, 2019 at 04:53 pmI 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…

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Londoness Loves 2019

Last updated on November 26th, 2019 at 06:26 pmSuddenly, 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…

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18 Family Christmas things to do in London 2018

Last updated on February 18th, 2021 at 12:20 pmAs Christmas waves its enchanting wand over London, the city pirouettes into a bewitching winter canvas for kids. Is there any place as magical as London during Christmas?  I promise you some merry, a large spoonful of nostalgia and not a mince of boring. Here are my…

Porgy and Bess at the ENO | Review

Last updated on March 16th, 2019 at 04:45 pmLondon, 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…

Oxford Lieder 2018

Oxford Lieder Festival 2018

Last updated on January 7th, 2019 at 11:45 amIt 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…

Londoness Loves October 2018

Last updated on May 1st, 2020 at 08:15 amIt’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…

September in London, Londoness Loves

Londoness Loves September 2018

Last updated on January 7th, 2019 at 11:48 amPencils 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…

Carmen la Cubana, review, Sadler's Wellsal in London, review, theatre, what’s on in London this August

Review: Carmen la Cubana

Last updated on August 16th, 2020 at 12:41 pmIf 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,…

The Skating Rink, Garsington Opera

The Skating Rink at Garsington Opera

Last updated on August 16th, 2020 at 12:46 pmI 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…

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