November 8, 2009 |
Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan have never collaborated before. But when they get together, the Texas-raised mezzo-soprano and British conductor behave like an old married couple. On a recent afternoon in Berkeley, the home base of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, a leading period performance ensemble that McGegan has directed for many years, the duo engaged in lively banter about their first artistic partnership -- a six-concert California tour of works by the 17th century English composer Henry Purcell.
November 18, 2008 |
Talking about her new album at a Hollywood rehearsal studio last month, Dido Armstrong used one word more than any other -- 14 times, in fact, over the course of an hour. The word was "emotion." This was a bit surprising, since Dido is pretty much the living picture of musical reserve. "I pull emotion into these songs," said the English singer-songwriter, whose third studio album, "Safe Trip Home," will be released today in the U.S.
May 11, 2008 |
"Roswell" fans know Dido as the singer of the show's "Here With Me" theme. The rest of us know her as the singer of those New Age-y songs that stay stuck in our heads long after we want them to. The 36-year-old Dido -- whose name comes from the legendary Carthaginian queen who killed herself when Aeneas left her in Virgil's "Aeneid" -- may be "Here With Me" on the radio, but she's gone, gone, gone from her house on the so-called bird streets of the Hollywood Hills.
May 1, 2008
'Dido and Aeneas': A review in the April 24 Calendar section of the opera "Dido and Aeneas" at the Irvine Barclay Theatre identified the baritone who sang Aeneas as Charles Johnstone. He is Christopher Johnstone.
April 24, 2008 |
In 1988, Mark Morris was invited to make his dance company a resident ensemble at the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie. As part of Brussels' opera company, he was told to think as big as he liked. He did, and that was, for him, a new opportunity. During his three years in Belgium, he also thought differently, which was not so new for him but produced newly outrageous results when combined with thinking big in Old World operatic Europe. In 1989, he made a version a Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas."
May 27, 2004 |
There is reason to celebrate when a mainstream pop album shows stylistic restraint. "Life for Rent," Dido's current collection of laid-back, electronica-informed pop, does that, evoking the charming roughness of a barely finished demo. It's also a bit bland, so it was a promising sign that the English singer was surrounded by a five-piece band at the Wiltern LG on Tuesday, ready to add some spice to the proceedings.