Manon. January 2014.

Dear Rowley, To Covent Garden last night for the first night of Massenet’s Manon at the Royal Opera House with La Farmer. The story of Manon Lescaut – a Demi Mondaine in Belle Epoque Paris who has chosen the life of a courtesan over love … Continue reading

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Hello Gorgeous! August 2011.

Dear Rowley, Deal or No Deal. It’s not a game show: it’s a cult. I tell you, the Scientologists could learn a trick or two about brainwashing. I am now hardwired to climb the stairs in Bloomsbury Towers like La … Continue reading

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My Fair Ladies June 2011

Dear Rowley, Don’t you feel for the Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner who, it seems, has been caught out ‘Sexting’ pictures of various body parts – not bad as it happens – to  random ladies? One almost feels the chap was … Continue reading

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Savoy Museum 19th May 2011

Dear Rowley, A full-on day at the Savoy is over and it all went rather well. Famous last words. This is usually the point in my life when the Gods arrange a conference call between Fate and Nemesis to do … Continue reading

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Four Minutes to the Stage Miss Callas August 2010

Dear Rowley, Well, this week has brought good news and bad. I’m always a believer in saving the best till last so here’s the bad news. It has been far north of 18 months that I have been working on … Continue reading

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