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Something to look forward to: Glyndebourne 2015

Tue 26 Aug 2014

The dinner jackets have been returned to their wardrobes and the picnic hampers stowed as Glyndebourne is over for another year.

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Coaches, motorways and more motorways…

Thu 23 Dec 2010

Projects Director Ceri Jones took a video camera with her on our most recent tour to France and Spain. Here’s the (condensed) video diary:

 

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Bernard Labadie: Speed Interview

Mon 29 Nov 2010

Ooops. We’re running a little behind here on the OAE Blog. Leaves online, or something… Anyway, here’s a speed interview with Barnard Labadie who conducted us last week at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and on tour as well.

What/when was your big breakthrough?
Conducting Messiah with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999 led to a series of invitations with most of the great American orchestras within a few years.

What do you fear the most?
Like many of my colleagues in our business: not having enough rehearsal time!

Which mobile number do you call the most?
I live without one and so do many of my friends, so I honestly don’t know!

What – or where – is perfection?
In a glass of Brunello di Montalcino 1997.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Miles in the movie “Sideways”.  Nobody can talk about Pinot Noir like him.

What’s your favourite ritual?
Everything Christmas.

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Abduction from the Seraglio – Audience reactions

Fri 26 Nov 2010

Lots of positive comments after our performance on Wednesday, what did you think of the concert?

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Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail – Concerts in France, Spain and London. A Summary in Numbers

Thu 25 Nov 2010

1 Conductor, Opera
2 Types of currency
3 Flights, Acts, narrators, countries, languages (4, if you include the Catalan translation in the Valencia programme)
4 Concert halls (5 if you include a rehearsal in the RFH), hotels
5 Singers, Cities visited
6 Pieces of outsized luggage
7 hours from Toulouse to Tarragona (including lunch and loo breaks!)
8 1st violins
9 Players getting up at an ungodly hour to get back to London for an Education session on the last day of tour.
10 Bottles of wine, consumed on the coach after the last concert…ahem

Ceri Jones, Projects Director

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