Prom 30: Smooth operation: the Frank Sinatra Prom

Indelibly associated with the glamourous world of 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, this music feels comfortable, wonderfully easy to listen to. But behind each swelling chord, there’s a great deal of structural detail; behind each sparkling cymbal, a controlled touch of finesse. John Wilson’s discipline and passion for this music shone out in a crystal-clear rendition…

Visceral Verdi via 1950s Hollywood at Grange Park Opera

Grange Park Opera’s sharp new monochrome production takes La traviata to poolside bars awash with cocktails and pills, where Violetta clutches onto reality with breathless desperation in Fifties Hollywood. Claire Rutter gives a searingly powerful central performance, supported by a strong cast in the hands of a supremely intelligent director. Click here to read my full…