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My mentor Basil Coleman, who would have been 104 years old today, shared his birthday with the composer Benjamin Britten.
Basil directed many of the world premieres of Britten’s operas…
Follow this link to read my obituary for Basil Coleman on The Guardian website:
Finally – thanks to my brilliant web designer Taragh – I am updating my website with news of my new productions. Apologies for my lack of blog updates in recent months, my excuse is that I’ve been insanely busy directing my first feature film!
Entitled THE MAD AXEMAN, it’s due for release in summer 2017.
I’m currently directing my first feature film called THE MAD AXEMAN.
More to follow here soon….
Pleased to report that my British Youth Opera production of Britten’s PAUL BUNYAN has been nominated in the What’s on Stage Opera Awards for 2013…. follow this link to their webpages…
Shame that we’re up against my friend Tim Albery’s brilliant PETER GRIMES ON THE BEACH…. !!
What a brilliant weekend of Britten related discussions, films and concerts John Bridcut curated last weekend. I was lucky enough to be interviewed in a panel discussion called BRITTEN’S SENSE AND SEXUALITY with the writer historian & biographer (notably of Isherwood & Ackerley), Peter Parker & the superb singer Catherine Wyn Rogers, who is currently singing LUCRETIA with Glyndebourne. We were interviewed by Radio 4′s Libby Purves – strange to meet someone whose voice is so very familiar!
For Sunday lunch, Searcy’s (in a departure from its usual cuisine) fed us on fare which would have been Red House favourites – Britten loved his British nursery food – I had steak and kidney pudding with new potatoes, peas and carrots followed by a delicious treacle tart! Miss Hudson (Britten’s housekeeper) would have been proud. Though Ben might have been a bit miffed that we didn’t all put on ties for lunch – Basil Coleman told me this was de rigeur for dinners at the Red House when he was a frequent house-guest. I sat at a table with Peter Parker and the great Britten expert, Philip Reed – distinguished & illuminating company…
John Bridcut’s film ENDGAME about Britten’s final years is a masterpiece & very moving. He really is a fantastic cinematic storyteller.
Iain Burnside’s new play with Guildhall Students JOURNEYING BOYS about the young lives of Rimbaud & Britten was fascinating too…
I had a brilliant time last week in New York and Philadelphia -
This is the view from the ferry that goes from designer Nick Vaughan’s home in Brooklyn to Manhattan – fantastic view – to boat goes to the southern tip of the island & then up to East 34th Street – great way to get around…
Nick & I had intensive meetings about our Curtis Institute CENERENTOLA which opens here at Philadelphia’s PRINCE THEATER in May 2014
while in Philly it was nice to briefly pop in & see my friends & colleagues at Opera Philadelphia
Then back to NYC & thanks to nice Nicky Spence (my Tom Rakewell) & Ashley Emerson (from my Opera Philadelphia POWDER HER FACE) I got to see TWO BOYS at the Met
& thanks to Tim Albery sat in the General Director’s box to watch Tim’s production of Britten’s MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
& THE TEAM’S new show – ROOSEVELVIS was terrific -
designed by clever Nick Vaughan…
& Andrew Wade invited me to see the new Taymor MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Shakespeare’s play this time!) at Theater for New Audiences – Andrew doing the voice work…
Only sorry I didn’t get time to see Angus Wright and Paul (Ghiv) Chahidi who were out in NYC at the same time, opening their Globe Theatre TWELFTH NIGHT and RICHARD III
All in all a hectic & inspiring New York & Philadelphia week!
Please follow this link for the Rayfield Allied news about my new London production of Britten’s PAUL BUNYAN:
Follow this link for the Financial Times review of my new British Youth Opera production of PAUL BUNYAN…
My new British Youth Opera production of PAUL BUNYAN has opened at the Peacock Theatre in London WC2.
The amazing Patricia Schuman as The Duchess in my new Opera Philadelphia production of POWDER HER FACE…
Please follow this link to see the video trailer for the production:
Please this link to a television preview of my new Opera Philadelphia production of POWDER HER FACE..
Follow this link for news from Opera Philadelphia of my new production of POWDER HER FACE…
On 4th April I had the great privilege of giving an address at the funeral of my dear friend and mentor, Basil Coleman… Here’s the text of my speech: First of all thank you very much for inviting me to speak about Basil. I have to confess I feel something of a late-comer here, having only known Basil for the last 12 years. I’m sure there are many here today, who have known him for so much longer than I – but I do feel that the privilege of his close friendship has been one of the most important of my life.
Getting ready to head back to Opera Company of Philadelphia, or Opera Philadelphia as we now must learn to call it.. Having meetings there about my new production of Thomas Ades’ “Powder Her Face” which opens in June. Find out more at operaphila.org
Hi ho, hi ho! It’s off to Oman I go… where the Castleton Festival production of “La Boheme” I created at Castleton last year will play on 3rd and 4th November. Designs by the great Nick Vaughan. I’m thrilled that the wonderful Joyce El-Khoury returns to play Mimi.
Congratulations to all concerned on another successful Castleton Festival – not even a hurricane could stop it!
The new production of “Barber of Seville” and the production of “Carmen” that I made at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari earlier this year were remarkable successes under the baton of the founding father himself, Maestro Lorin Maazel. Here he is conducting last year’s new production of “La Boheme” which we’ll take to the Royal Opera House, Oman, this November.