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Carmen/ Glyndebourne

In the 10 years since I have been going regularly to Glyndebourne, first as an associate member and now a full one, the place, experience and productions have all changed significantly. The most significant change is the relaxation of the dress code: one visitor for Carmen last Wednesday was [...]

June 14, 2024 // 0 Comments


This month I was elevated in status from associate to full membership of Glyndebourne. Initially my reaction was ‘What ‘s the big deal? ‘ – apart from an increased sub? However with the letter they sent me a Short History of History of Glyndebourne by Michael Kennedy. Reading the story [...]

September 29, 2023 // 0 Comments

Elisir d’Amore/Glyndebourne

Although not a massive cricket lover I was caught up in the national fervour of the Ashes. We followed on the radio TMS driving to Glyndebourne and on arrival I found a quiet bench and listened to the drama on my portable radio. Fortunately England got the job done some 20 minutes before the [...]

July 10, 2023 // 0 Comments

Don Giovanni/Glyndebourne

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s  Don Giovanni purports to be opera buffa (light comic opera) but there is a dark side: the killing of the Commendatore, father of Don Giovanni’s (Amdrey Zhilikovsky) latest quest Donna Anna (Venera Gimlieva), and the predatory nature of Don Giovanni himself. The [...]

June 25, 2023 // 0 Comments

A Night at the Opera/ Falstaff

Last night I went to see Guisepe Verdi’s final opera Falstaff at the Nice Opera House. He composed it aged 80 with the librettist Arrigo Borti. It’s based upon The Merry Wives of Windsor and the story can be simplified to the efforts of the debauched soldier Sir John Falstaff to seduce two [...]

April 7, 2023 // 0 Comments

la Boheme/Glyndebourne

When I donned my Glyndebourne klobber of white tuxedo, I felt an immediate resentment towards dress code. It’s okay for the ladies who can wear an airy sleeveless dress but gentlemen’s formal wear is not designed for temperatures in the late 20s. Added to this I arrived so early that [...]

June 16, 2022 // 0 Comments

Where diversity and reality meet …

Both contributors to this organ and its followers know that the Rust’s mission statement is built around its stance of providing a “window upon the world” from the point of view of those of us who have passed beyond “the first flush of youth” yet retain possess an independence of mind and [...]

March 15, 2022 // 0 Comments

Ruler of the Queen’s Navy/HMS Pinafore

The other day I was sitting next to a fellow over dinner who turned out to be a professional tribunal chairperson adjudicating on military cases. He spent a good deal of time in Plymouth on naval cases. For this he had earned the honorary title of Rear Admiral. This made me think of the humorous [...]

February 12, 2022 // 0 Comments

Casting to type – an interesting aspect of modern sensitivities

In these modern times of saturation-coverage of fashionable issues such as  “levelling up”, diversity, equality, transgender rights versus those who argue these affect “women born as women” (if I’m even allowed to use that phrase) – just “wokedom” [...]

February 5, 2022 // 0 Comments

Cosi fan tutte ( Glyndebourne) & opera v musicals

Last night I saw Cosi fan tutte at Glyndebourne. It was the third cooperation between Mozart and the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. It might be termed opera buffa (comic opera) as it’s light-hearted, even silly, and unlikely to resonate with a modern audience. The story is of two soldier [...]

August 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

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