Entries by Paul Guest from 12/2011

'Tis The Season To Be Heckling

| Posted 12.19.2011 | UK Entertainment

Tis the season to be heckling - The London Philharmonic Orchestra have been subjected to two incidents of heckling this November. The London Philharmo...

The Best of 2011: Classical Music and Opera

| Posted 12.19.2011 | UK Entertainment

As 2011 comes to a close it's time to reflect on the year past and what a year: In Opera, it's been an exciting year. In no particular order: The Roy...

Are the Operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan Still Relevant?

| Posted 12.21.2011 | Huffington Post

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of WS Gilbert one half of the Victorian-era composer-librettist duo Gilbert and Sullivan and after Opera North's production of Ruddigore, only my second outing to a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, well, guess what? I've got a little list.

Tosca, Royal Opera/BBC; Alexandra Dariescu/RPO - Review

| Posted 12.30.2011 | Huffington Post

In an age of new technology and social media, Tosca trended on twitter; that surely deems the venture a success. Apart the stonkingly brilliant performance of Tosca, Maestro Pappano presented an introductory documentary on the opera making Pappano a public figure and an operatic front man, perhaps the car salesman of all opera - or not - though this man could sell opera to anyone.