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December 18, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
It's been a while since we've heard from Dido, the breathy English songbird whose hit 2000 collaboration with Eminem, " Stan ," set a course followed by countless moody-but-buoyant hip-hop tracks over the next decade-and-change. In early 2013, though, Dido is set to return with a new studio album, her first since 2008's "Safe Trip Home. " (Let's pause here to remember that disc's underappreciated " Don't Believe in Love ," a warmly rootsy ballad cowritten and produced by Jon Brion.)
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November 30, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is a terrific Montsant from the husband-and-wife team of Sara Perez and René Barbier. Their parents, who have Mas Martinet and Clos Mogador, pioneered the Priorat region. Now the children are striking out on their own in the less known Montsant region adjoining the Priorat in Catalonia. Made from a blend of Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the 2010 Dido red is elegant and balanced with smooth tannins and a lush, lovely finish. The yellow wax seal is pretty great too. Just point that corkscrew right through the wax. A perfect red with roast birds, seared duck breast, braised lamb shanks or grilled lamb chop.
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November 8, 2009 | Chloe Veltman
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
It's been a while since we've heard from Dido, the breathy English songbird whose hit 2000 collaboration with Eminem, " Stan ," set a course followed by countless moody-but-buoyant hip-hop tracks over the next decade-and-change. In early 2013, though, Dido is set to return with a new studio album, her first since 2008's "Safe Trip Home. " (Let's pause here to remember that disc's underappreciated " Don't Believe in Love ," a warmly rootsy ballad cowritten and produced by Jon Brion.)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2008 | Mark Swed, Times Music Critic
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2000 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With such songs as "Thank You," which celebrates her lover's way of turning a rotten day good, Dido gives the impression of naturally looking on the bright side. Yet during her sold-out concert Monday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, the English dance-pop artist altered that perception with hints at darker personality aspects.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2000 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Dido's debut album was already a slowly building success, and now the English singer-songwriter is getting a second wind thanks to Eminem, who sampled her "Thank You" on his song "Stan." Now Dido is appearing in the rapper's high-profile tour, and "No Angel" is rising again--especially in Southern California, where it has moved into the Top 10.
NEWS
May 10, 1990
Dido Renoir, 83, widow of film director Jean Renoir who worked as his script girl on the classic "The Rules of the Game" before coming with him to the U.S. in 1941. In 1944 she became the second wife of the man who directed such visually realistic and artistically acclaimed pictures as "The Little Match Girl," "The River," "Swamp Water," "The Southerner" and many more. She was a native of Brazil who had come to Europe as an assistant to her film director uncle and met Renoir in the late 1930s.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1996 | MARK SWED
Television can do two very good things for opera. It can document an exceptional evening in the theater, especially when a new work or a new concept for an old work is concerned. Or, and this is the more exciting alternative, it can use television creatively and produce opera made specifically for video. As Europeans know but Americans don't, video opera has become a lively hybrid all its own.
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May 27, 2004 | Ernesto Lechner, Special to The Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2009 | Richard S. Ginell
Amid the flurry of round-numbered commemorations this year, Henry Purcell -- born 350 years ago -- finally had his day in the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night. Nicholas McGegan, the jolly elf of the period performance scene, brought his crack Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale down from the Bay Area as part of a West Coast tour. He also brought the tall, Texas-raised star mezzo-soprano Susan Graham for her Disney Hall debut and a first-class cast of singers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2009 | Chloe Veltman
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2008 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
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.
REAL ESTATE
May 11, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2008 | Mark Swed, Times Music Critic
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."
NEWS
May 27, 2004 | Ernesto Lechner, Special to The Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1999 | MARC WEINGARTEN
In the late '90s, singer-songwriters with an artsy streak who once might have been content to mimic folk heroes such as Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones look increasingly to the underground for inspiration, embroidering their otherwise demure sounds with the percussive scratches of a deejay and sampled drum loops. English singer Dido is the latest performer to give this folk-hop amalgam a shot.
REAL ESTATE
May 11, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
How close to a disaster was Dido's performance Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater? Let's put it this way: Even the freewheeling Sony ad department would have a problem putting a positive spin on this one. Despite rewarding moments on her hit album, "No Angel," the electronica-minded singer-songwriter from England had no more business being on stage in a vast outdoor amphitheater than struggling pitcher Eric Gagne had being on the mound this spring at Dodger Stadium.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2000 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Dido's debut album was already a slowly building success, and now the English singer-songwriter is getting a second wind thanks to Eminem, who sampled her "Thank You" on his song "Stan." Now Dido is appearing in the rapper's high-profile tour, and "No Angel" is rising again--especially in Southern California, where it has moved into the Top 10.
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