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The Méhul on Sunday – Issue Three

Sun 22 Jan 2017

Méhul

The third in our series of Méhul playlists. A mixture of arias and overtures from this forgotten genius and his contemporaries. 

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The Méhul on Sunday

Sun 8 Jan 2017

The Méhul on Sunday

To get everyone in the mood for Mehul: The First Romantic next month, we’re putting together a weekly Méhul-inspired playlist.

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Operamaniac: Horses for Courses

Thu 4 Jun 2015

This season has been particularly interesting for Donizetti fans in London. From Opera Rara’s Les Martyrs to Glyndebourne’s Poliuto, not to mention ETO’s performances of The Siege of Calais and The Wild Man of the West Indies, we have seen a revival of unknown or almost forgotten operas by this workaholic Italian genius,  together with some of his most famous works such as Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera.

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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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