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Leeann Chen
Struggling aesthete, right wing alcoholic and all round pedant.
Struggling aesthete, right wing alcoholic and all round pedant.
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A Transition to the Dinner Party
Do you remember those money-strapped student nights? Lidl
Vodka (fantastically named ‘Putinoff’), watery mixers, questionably stained
carpets, decamping in the various ex-council houses around Camden? Neither can I. I enjoyed my fair share of house parties ...

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Memories of late Beethoven at mignight
In which Igor Levit concludes his Beethoven sonata cycle at the Wigmore Hall We did not begin until ten o’ clock at night. The crowd was buoyant, cheered by dinner and wine. I, arriving on the arm of one newly close and full of
Chassagne-Montrachet, instinc...

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Hockney Hookah: The David Hockney Retrospective at the Tate Britain
Model with Unfinished Self Portrait, 1977 Isn’t it
peculiar that, for the longest time, I thought David Hockney nothing more than
a pro-tobacco campaigner ?
To this day, when I think of “ our greatest living artist” (the slightly
grovelling title now common...

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Mayerling: Watson, Osipova, Yanowsky and a cast to end all days
Credit: DanceTabs Ed Watson
is now so synonymous with the role of Crown Prince Rudolf, the making of
Macmillan’s mad male masterpiece, that during a recent sojourn to Vienna, I was
disappointed to stumble upon a portrait of the Prince in which he wasn’t eve...

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Live from the Met: Eugene Onegin with Netrebko and Mattei
Credit: Metropolitan Opera I rarely
see opera cinema broadcasts because the purist in me believes nothing quite emulates
the live experience and I end up stewing with irrational jealousy that I am not
present in person. But there are certain operas and sing...

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Overhead at the Opera House (Jan - March 2017)
NB: May
also include non-opera classical venues, but who’s really complaining?
(Spoiler, the following disgruntled punters are). I think the
provenance of the opera [Adriana Lecouvreur] is rather remarkable. [After being
pressed] – I mean, Mascagni is just ...

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I last saw Yulianna Avdeeva in September at the Wigmore
Hall but in truth, I spied her mere weeks ago, as one of Elton’s muses in the
Radical Eye exhibit at the Tate Modern. I cannot remember the photographer’s
name, but its subject was a young woman archin...

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Yulianna Avdeeva Astounds at St John's Smith Square
I last saw Yulianna Avdeeva in September at the
Wigmore Hall but in truth, I spied her mere weeks ago, as one of Elton’s muses
in the Radical Eye exhibit at the Tate Modern. I cannot remember the
photographer’s name, but its subject was a young woman archin...

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Onegin with the Wiener Staatsballett
Credit: Wiener Staatsoper On a short
break where I spent most of my time tearfully fawning over various classical
giants (I like to think that the tears were a by-product of the amount of
champagne I consumed daily, but I might just be that uselessly maudli...

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Wining over Whining (Wine, Wine, Wine!)
One spectacular February night There are days when I feel like the shit , in the big leagues and generally smug (more so than even usual). This boost of unwarranted confidence is normally accompanied by equally insufferable company, a good dose of charm and...
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