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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:
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…
Please follow this link for the Rayfield Allied news about my new London production of Britten’s PAUL BUNYAN:
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:
Follow this link for news from Opera Philadelphia of my new production of POWDER HER FACE…
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.