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American history lecturer by day. Part fearless reviewing team of https://t.co/z7oSroMpEs by night. Lib Dem. Remainer. Views my own not UoL.

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Hello @captheatres was a grey cashmere scarf by any chance found or handed in from Dress Circle after the opera last night?
8/25
2019
@LisaIronTongue @ScottishOpera @edintfest @westedgeopera Many thanks for that - will look forward to reading. @LisaIronTongue @ScottishOpera @edintfest @westedgeopera Yes v fine production here - a spare set but made cleverly… https://t.co/Te6biKicchIf I was going to be picky I might say that after the (spoilers) ensemble death scene the piece does struggle a lit… https://t.co/jZ4weAvA4fPerhaps the most critical point about Breaking the Waves is it made me care about the protagonists #edintfestMazzoli’s Breaking the Waves is a magnificent new opera. Outstandingly performed by @ScottishOpera @edintfest & spe… https://t.co/LamreDvHHbMe: Well, it’s difficult to imagine a way to make this situation worse Brexit: Ha-ha-haa https://t.co/AE5A0VVSoS
Retweeted by Finn PollardI really like the addition of a rumbling ominous electric guitar to the orchestration in Breaking the Waves #edintfestHalfway through Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves which is pretty marvellous so far. Magnificent singing & playing. Movi… https://t.co/OavjSBUqOI @larkingrumple Thanks for sending me that link - v interesting. His approach seemed to me to work well last night.If you’re in London or within striking distance try to catch this - one of the best shows I’ve seen this year: https://t.co/gaYGsBBUIzBerlioz’s Harold in Italy is rather fun, though I can see why it isn’t often done. Tamestit a fine soloist (does so… https://t.co/C7i8F48LvD
8/24
2019
Wasn’t feeling at my best last night but it was still a real treat to hear Runnicles conduct opera again - wish he… https://t.co/f0r6CJhW2X @RichardBratby @edintfest Yes I can well imagine that. I’ve wondered whether it’s something where there would be sc… https://t.co/NncziIyBdBGreat blog. I would love to see @edintfest do more with their archive - it would be fun, for instance, if prog note… https://t.co/BhFRty0ytL @BayntonR Probably have to agree to disagree on this one! Hope you had a good time in Edinburgh generally and the L… https://t.co/JNDregVR49
8/23
2019
@Edinburgensis @MaestroDCR @theusherhall @wheresrunnicles For today at any rate!Jeremy Corbyn cancels Ghana trip to deal with domestic crisis, as the type of greenfly on his rhododendrons is part… https://t.co/915T4VEbnt
Retweeted by Finn PollardLooking forward to the return (at last) in opera at the EIF of @MaestroDCR @theusherhall this evening #edintfestNot sure what the selection criteria were for the British Council/EIF You Are Here strand but based on the two show… https://t.co/Xp87wdRUMRMy thoughts on Mythos @edintfest : https://t.co/cuy0cFjLWz @edintfest Looking forward to it :) @edintfest Thanks - sorry I hadn’t realised they were there - should have looked!Hello @edintfest - can you advise roughly what time the long 90 min interval in the Wagner on Sunday will be?
8/22
2019
It was rather interesting to hear LSO/Rattle in such close proximity to BBCSO/Bychkov - latter wasn’t as well sold… https://t.co/k48vnMBf7tThe LSO are certainly a well oiled unit under Rattle who play to a high standard. The interpretations are another m… https://t.co/Se5m4uGDzW @boytonbiker No. International.Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation not only has the silliest title of anything I’ve seen thi… https://t.co/27o20IBVw8 @DavidCloke I don’t know that - must look into it!
8/21
2019
There is great concern in the Department that the public might misunderstand the sheer vastness of… https://t.co/AIQgwqy0Tn
Retweeted by Finn PollardHow typical - it seems Tony Robinson’s Odysseus the greatest hero of them all series which I remember from years ag… https://t.co/6ANOJwt3qdAnd so also longed for a bit more poetry - Fry’s version never quite captures the mystery of the Gods or gets insid… https://t.co/EmMPneF32iBut over the three segments I often found myself thinking of other versions. Fry’s modernising touches are hit and… https://t.co/gPBQLdA2FZPart 3 Mythos is much the strongest. Fry inherits in it a much more focused drama than with either of the other two… https://t.co/UelmeqwH7HSome of the omissions are odd - to dispose of the deaths of Achilles & Hector that quickly & omit the Agamemnon/Ach… https://t.co/RfbqRSjkCCFirst act of Mythos 3: Men is the strongest segment thus far (I suspect Fry has been given a note to tighten things… https://t.co/blzcepD3cnTo overrun by nearly half an hour is certainly an achievement (& I think possibly a record in my experience) but I… https://t.co/I9ahyJQNm4
8/20
2019
I’m going to reserve full commentary on Stephen Fry’s retelling of the Greek myths to the end of the trilogy tomorr… https://t.co/cBrIcAfeLnLiking @edintfest policy of the free programme sheet for some events. Not least because it’s saving the Pollard Arc… https://t.co/ZnS29gZ0DoWas clearly in a minority (& possibly alone) on this but Vogt didn’t carry me with him at QH in the Appassionata -… https://t.co/MWPMwpof6P
8/19
2019
A fine performance of The Kingdom from the Halle, Fest Chorus & a strong quartet of soloists @theusherhall but on a… https://t.co/LsfZQF44hmOnly one poll of course but interesting all the same: https://t.co/pK1eD04tvFWondering if the volume of tourist coaches parked up on Johnstone Terrace was this big last year...
8/18
2019
@theusherhall @SCOmusic No question that overall it’s a powerful work that I would certainly be glad to hear again… https://t.co/veJWgAnArvThoughts on MacMillan’s 5th Symphony @theusherhall I was pretty completely gripped by the first two mvments (textua… https://t.co/u7OKFl9VgsI’ve heard quite a bit of MacMillan today but so far the piece I’d definitely hear again would be the thoughtful it… https://t.co/bFBs96xPflGood thread: https://t.co/PKP6Ny7dQC @jessicaduchen @RichardBratby Thanks - I shall try and take a look. @LisaIronTongue Thanks for the further info. Def didn’t see that one. Just been on the ROH database and now puzzlin… https://t.co/IaPfrZGZQf @RichardBratby Yes that makes sense. Don’t know the work you mention - must look into it.
8/17
2019
So somebody out there is arranging to commission Kosky to give us a new staging of one of these lost Yiddish operet… https://t.co/nBq0cajoGZI suspect Barry Kosky wouldn’t thank me for saying this but that show of Yiddish operetta (which was funny & moving… https://t.co/Lc2ETsbMugSo glad I made it to Forget Me Not at the Lyceum. A wonderful uplifting performance of Yiddish operetta. Deserved a… https://t.co/2mkSrxt8VzThing is, he is clearly a more competent candidate than the leaders of either major party. But since we’ve stopped… https://t.co/keS8MMaopYInteresting to hear MacMillan’s All the Vales and Hills Along. Did feel it was a little in the shadow of Britten &… https://t.co/2ZH32W03ak @LisaIronTongue Now you're making me wonder - did it start at ROH? Did I see it? If I did clearly didn't stick in m… https://t.co/RA81ll5yB0 @LisaIronTongue Have yet to see a good production of that.My thoughts on Eugene Onegin @edintfest : https://t.co/t5SM9l8IwK @edintfest @redfellterrier @queens_hall Thanks. That’ll learn me! :) @redfellterrier @queens_hall @edintfest Could well be - I was guessing!Scintillating singing from Lawrence Brownlee @queens_hall @edintfest ending with a virtuoso encore (Rossini I think… https://t.co/P94YTCtvtEMarvellous Dichterliebe from Lawrence Brownlee & Iain Burnside @queens_hall @edintfest this morning. Powerfully & f… https://t.co/5H9k6LSBo6
8/16
2019
Late EIF note. I don’t think I’ll ever truly love the harpsichord but Mahan Esfahani is a remarkable performer on i… https://t.co/GRJ3SEjR76There are a number of other Dem candidates who should be considering the same in their respective home states: https://t.co/Loo2mpHBUR @LisaIronTongue I think it is definitely a tricky work to bring off convincingly - not sure text bears close readin… https://t.co/5ZCl6xSRNmStill the superfluous rain has given me an excellent subtitle for the blog & the stage hands desperately trying to… https://t.co/A6j6HZQ0QjWell I’m glad tonight’s audience enjoyed EIF Onegin but as far as I was concerned that applause was really rather o… https://t.co/ELrD6cN4KrI should add it’s lovely to hear Onegin played with dramatic momentum & romantic feeling - things lacking the only… https://t.co/26WBBS0OQT @msannapicard What frustrates me is when he lets things still and focus on individuals I felt there was a lot of fe… https://t.co/dP6OGckLGp @msannapicard Haven’t seen that. Thought Kosky started well but I went off it as it went on - I’m not convinced by… https://t.co/eMEalIJJuRKosky’s Eugene Onegin would be considerably improved if the revolve was disabled & he grasped that less in movement… https://t.co/x6wmq1XgGnLeft me overall with the feeling that with this & last year’s Midsummer plays about Scotland at the EIF are moving… https://t.co/3PjEHMvHmgOverall glad to have seen EIF Red Dust Road. Loses its way a bit in the second half but before then I felt it showe… https://t.co/4XBHyhJyELBecause to make a govt of national unity work there’s got to be at least some mutual trust & if both sides can’t ac… https://t.co/pB0UnR0YENI do consider Corbyn unfit to be PM because of his record as Opposition Leader. But Lab might start to persuade me… https://t.co/nyMT2127g7Thinking about trust this morning. Clearly Corbyn supporters distrust LDs over coalition & many LDs distrust Corbyn… https://t.co/Q0XA80WV4LMy thoughts on Angela Hewitt’s magnificent Well Tempered Clavier @edintfest : https://t.co/q1LCzYbzoOIt’s quite clear Corbynistas (on Twitter at least) cannot forget LDs in coalition (though that argument did not pla… https://t.co/ZUipKS3ilITo which I would add that I think it is underestimated how much anger & dislike of Corbyn fuelled perfs of other op… https://t.co/Q7xq7NXm8cAmusing to watch Corbynistas complain the other opposition parties are playing politics while pretending, ludicrous… https://t.co/Xvo0P55sWkAnd does Corbyn’s current position even have the support of all his MPs - because Stephen Kinnock’s remarks to Guar… https://t.co/TDML7OXnCA
8/15
2019
Swinson, Lucas et al should respond to Corbyn by first asking whether he has his own party united behind strategy (… https://t.co/IySmgCKw1SProof I suggest that the pressure being applied by LDs, Greens and others is having an effect. It’ll be quite amusi… https://t.co/hBewRYfimjI await Corbyn making it clear that he will act to discipline any MPs who support a Tory Brexit. Or is working with… https://t.co/31JNfp3nyyStill a week and a half to go but on the basis of the concerts I’ve attended since I arrived last Friday this is de… https://t.co/ermnHgfVz7Excellent news: https://t.co/HwvCsmVXJE @edintfest @theusherhall @HewittJSB Absolutely agree. A marvellous pair of concerts.That was simply a majestic performance from Angela Hewitt @theusherhall @edintfest - rightly receiving a standing o… https://t.co/jY5rg4pUz6Part 2 of the Well Tempered Clavier @theusherhall @edintfest picking up where Part 1 left off. Outstanding pianism… https://t.co/FMwHl6jNe0My thoughts on Roots @edintfest : https://t.co/mwz9qrNJWXUnsurprising: https://t.co/FgI2YoHSHeWhat an excellent idea: https://t.co/xSPOyV58ZfNot wild about Amber Wagner’s QH recital this morning. A powerful voice but lacking in dynamic & textual subtlety &… https://t.co/VbR4zVegEA
8/14
2019
Magnificent Mahler 4 from Bychkov, Gansch & @BBCSO @theusherhall @edintfest superbly shaped, characterful well blen… https://t.co/W9tpdp7804Spirited compelling playing from Meta4 in Fanny Hensel (Mendelssohn)’s String Quartet. Often surprising piece wch o… https://t.co/hVZuaiS7KeI see the second of Robert Schenkkan’s LBJ plays is opening on Broadway. When is somebody going to bring these to L… https://t.co/dteoR79czoMy thoughts on The Secret River @edintfest @NationalTheatre : https://t.co/pWmvywWSge
8/13
2019
Angela Hewitt’s Book 1 of the Well Tempered Clavier @edintfest @theusherhall was just wonderful. Amazing how Bach j… https://t.co/PqUtN1id4iI credit that late night EIF Hewitt Goldberg Variations with making me see there was something in Bach. Pleased to… https://t.co/NzNelzVPpuQuarter way into the @edintfest @theusherhall Bach marathon. Mesmerising, moving playing from Angela Hewitt. If yo… https://t.co/PZyUs42MZY
8/12
2019

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