Dame Joan and memorisation: she put in the hours!

Dame Joan and memorisation: she put in the hours!

Richard Bonynge remembers his late wife Dame Joan Sutherland (La Stupenda) in a recent article on Limelight. It’s a very lovely piece, and shows Dame Joan as a really down-to-earth person. What really surprised me was his admission that Dame Joan struggled with memory: “Joan didn’t care about being in the public eye all the time; she just loved to sing. That was the main […]

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Sir Tom on not listening to yourself

Sir Tom on not listening to yourself

Sir Thomas Allen is one of my all-time favourite performers. I’ve never seen anyone draw focus without doing anything the way he did in a performance I saw. He is celebrating 40 years since his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and who of us would not wish for such a long and illustrious career? I wish I’d been around to see his […]

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