We always used to regard this July - August period as down time, the "silly season", when nothing much happened and we could all relax and play. Then I went to work at Glyndebourne for 27 years and everything changed. And now I am back being silly again.........so you will I hope excuse me for my lapses!
I missed out on the Welsh National Opera Moses and Aaron which visited Covent Garden last week, which I regret. And I have so far only been to one of the "Proms". But tomorrow I am going to revel in the performance of an old friend and colleague, Rebecca Caine, in The Ladies who Lunch at The Pheasantry, the decidedly up market version of Pizza Express on the King's Road. Just the thing for the silly season you may say.
Matt Boehler and Rebecca Caine - Owen Wingrave Chicago Opera Theater 2009
Becky is a remarkable artist and person. From the Glyndebourne Chorus way back she made a huge name for herself in music theatre, in the West End and widely internationally, initially as the original Cosette in Les Miserables, and then in Phantom. I then scooped her up from that to sing the title role in Lulu in Toronto - a huge hit for her and for us. She sang Haydn in Nice when I was there in the 90s - and then popped up again as a superb Mrs Coyle in Owen Wingrave in Chicago in 2009.
She also has the dubious distinction of having bullied me into signing up tor Facebook........she is very persuasive.
I will no doubt have more to say after tomorrow evening's entertainment!