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  1. https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/theatre/arts-culture-industry-funding-theatre-government-coronavirus-a4478501.html
  2. Yes, it’s terrible news for Plymouth, not least because I have friends who (currently) work there.
  3. Also describing that beautiful performance as “a three minute warmup” - for the all-important singing, I presume..... Not to take anything away from the lovely Mahler performance, but a dismissive review like that (I hesitate even to give it the title of “review” as it reviewed precisely nothing!) is a bit of an insult to ballet fans and Muntagirov. I assume Mr Morrison is more of an opera fan.
  4. I do hope so, Nina Margaret - a knowledgeable and thoughtful review that summed up how these broadcasts could be vastly improved by just a few simple changes.
  5. It is, essentially, the whole performance. All I will say is that they seem to have zoomed in on him more than in the actual performance, and manage to cut parts of him - or whole moves - off, which is a bit of a shame.
  6. I would think you can pay now and see it - it’s up for 14 days.
  7. Well, there you go, what do I know? 🙂
  8. I’ve just rewatched Blessed Spirits with Muntagirov and it gets better. Oh, those lines.... the richly fluid arms, the feeling and the musicality. It just highlights what we are missing....What an artist he is. I agree that the pared down orchestra worked rather well. I’m not an opera fan but the Mahler was lovely and beautifully performed by both singers.
  9. I just refreshed my screen and it is now up!
  10. And now it isn’t up for people to watch again. Hopefully they will sort that out quickly. But yes, Muntagirov - how utterly sublime and beautiful. An emotional performance that brought tears to my eyes, at least. Lockdown plainly hasn’t damaged his abilities in any way. Far too short, though, I’d have happily watched him all night!
  11. I also feel that with an actual orchestra for the next one, that might make it a lot less sombre
  12. Scheherazade, you have said it so much more eloquently than I ever could! Spot on.
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