Something for the weekend!
What they've said…
From here on out, I declare that no-one, please, ever, ever, ever, wish me again, in the American fashion, to 'break a leg'
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato makes a plea after fracturing her fibula on stage at the Royal Opera House
On this day…
…Handel was immortalised in stone. A statue was dedicated to him at Westminster Abbey on 10 July 1762. Carved by the sculptor Louis-François Roubiliac, the life-size statue depicts Handel among clouds in front of an organ and a harp-playing angel. There's also a score of Messiah in the scene. Handel died in 1759 and was buried at Westminster Abbey.
Questionable CD covers:
In our postbag this week: to be honest, we're still trying to work out what this is! Answers on a postcard please.
Make sure to tune in to Opera on 3 this Saturday at 6pm to hear English National Opera's acclaimed recent production of Britten's Peter Grimes, starring Stuart Skelton. 'Lumbering, vulnerable, bullying, helpless, the Australian tenor radiates a musical intelligence as electrifying as it is heartbreaking,' wrote one critic in The Guardian, 'Unmissable.'