Category Opera

Double-header Saturday

Amanda came to London! Naturally we kicked things off properly with a theatrical double-header: First, a new production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter at the Old Vic, a storied old theatre on the south side of the Thames. Andrew Scott (think Moriarty and Hot Priest) was in the lead and he was just wonderful. He’s […]

Weekend in the Northeast: Newcastle, Durham, Hadrian’s Wall

On Friday night I took a train from London to Newcastle, checked into a grand-but-faded Victorian hotel next to the train station, and after a few hours’ sleep, woke up to a rather damp weather forecast: Not to be daunted by a little rain, I pulled on my long underwear and all my sweaters and […]

Boxing Day at the opera house

The most iconic building in Australia is Sydney’s beautiful opera house. Jutting out into the harbour on a spit of land that had been used for centuries by aboriginal people for song and dance, the opera house is massive, unmissable, and mesmerising — and we had tickets for a guided tour first thing the day […]

Christmas Eve down under

Have I ever enjoyed the weather on Christmas Eve so much? I doubt it. Sunny and clear, in the high 70s and with a light breeze — it could not have been more perfect. I started the day with a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden. The lush expanse of green lawns and colourful flower […]

Paris!

I went to Paris last weekend. Why? Well, because I live in London and want to be able to say, “When I lived in London, I used to just pop over to Paris, like, all the time.” I had actually been in Luxembourg for meetings on Thursday and Friday, so rather than flying back to […]

Bastille Day!

First priority: breakfast! Second priority: Parade! We left early to find a spot to see the famous military parade that has been a tradition since the 19th century. The planes came first, zooming overhead… … then the silent marching troops… … followed by singing marching troops… … then troops in white hoodies and bakers caps […]

Light and dark

Two good things from today: Daffodils on my dresser, an exuberant reminder that spring is finally here . . . . . . and the Royal Opera’s production of Coraline, a new opera based on Neil Gaiman’s creepy novella about a little girl who learns to appreciate her boring, annoying parents after she’s nearly snatched […]