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"violent, disturbing and menacing" – Vladimir Jurowski talks about Don Giovanni

Wed 7 Jul 2010

As you may know the OAE is currently down in Glyndebourne, where it is playing in two Mozart operas – Cosi Fan Tutte and Don Giovanni. Don Giovanni had its first night on Sunday and is conducted by our Principal Artist and Glyndebourne’s Music Director, Vladimir Juorwski. In a recent excellent interview with The Guardian he talks about his fear of conducting the opera, yoga, The Night Shift and whether Glyndebourne still has a purpose. Read the interview here.

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“I can’t speak French”

Mon 7 Jun 2010

Yes, the words of a Girls Aloud song and also something I re-discovered on our trip to Poissy last week.  We were in Poissy for a concert performance of Cosi fan Tutte, under the baton of James Gaffigan.  I kind of knew already that my French wasn’t entirely up to scratch and had been palming off all my French e-mails and telephone conversations over the last few weeks leading up to the trip to Megan, (who is perfectly fluent), but like the go-getter I am I decided to give the French a go – and be prepared to face the very embarrassing consequences.  This did get me thinking though.  Perhaps someone should write an idiots Orchestra Tours Manager Guide in the most popular European languages? Perhaps the not-so helpful ‘Computer says no’ staff at the Holiday Inn Gare l’est would have been more helpful if I could have sweet talked them in the language of Lurve???

Here is a list of some phrases I made use of and also some that I could do with some help on…

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An annual ritual – the OAE Glyndebourne picnic

Fri 4 Jun 2010

A few weeks ago office staff at the OAE indulged in one of the rather nice perks of working here, a chance to go to a final rehearsal at Glyndebourne, together with associated picnic. It’s very efficiently organised (the picnic) with spreadsheets being drawn up and each person being alloted a specific type of dish to bring. As usual it took place under overcast skies but it wouldn’t be the same if it were full sun…

We saw the final rehersal of Cosi fan Tutte. A final rehearsal is pretty much like a performance, apart from the audience (and Orchestra, come to think of it) being dress in mufti rather than dolled up in DJ’s. The performance was great, and below you can hear members of the office talking about the production and their Glyndebourne experience.

Isabelle before the show

Isabelle after the show

Ceri talks about the performance

Nicolette talks about the performance

Megan talks about the performance

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