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Composer: Porter, Cole (1891-1964)

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Year of birth1891
Year of death1964
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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Dunster, Somerset'Ration Book Feast': 1940's Popular wartime songs [Includes Lunch 1940's style]

Gershwin, Arlen, Miller, Ives, Trenet, Sherwin, Coward, Porter, Warren, Kern, Rodgers, Kent, Raye
Fleur Barron; Lotte Betts-Dean; Charlotte Hewett; Johan Barnoin

GrazKiss me, KateNew production

Porter: Kiss me, Kate
Marius Burkert; Lee Blakeley; Oper Graz; Marcus Merkel; Charles Edwards; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Andrea Luca Cotti

BonnKiss Me, Kate

Porter: Kiss me, Kate
Daniel Johannes Mayr; Martin Duncan; Theater Bonn; Francis O'Connor; Oliver Arno; Stefan Viering

ViennaElisabeth Kulman: La Femme c´est moi

Bizet, Porter, Britten, Schubert, Mozart, Wagner, Weill, Verdi, Strauss R.
Elisabeth Kulman; Aliosha Biz; Tscho Theissing; Franz Bartolomey

Reutlingen4. Matinée: Swing for string and more

Ellington, Porter, Kreuder
musica varia ensemble; Teruyoshi Shirata; Unknown
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Opera North's Kiss me Kate arrives in London

Joseph Shovelton (First Gunman), John Savournin (Second Gunman) © Tristram Kenton
Cole Porter's exuberant wordsmithery and his smash-and-grab appropriation of a dozen musical styles can hardly fail to entertain; Opera North give us four top class leads.
***11
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A wonderful show: Welsh National Opera's Kiss me, Kate

Jeni Bern (Lilli Vanessi/ Katharine) and Quirijn de Lang (Fred Graham/ Petruchio) © Richard Hubert Smith
Welsh National Opera's co-production of Kiss me, Kate is another good argument for opera companies to stage Broadway musicals.
****1
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Brushed up our Shakespeare in Prom 44

Keith Lockhart © Winslow Townson
The BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart offered a snapshot of the Bard's lasting artistic impact with music for composed for stage and screen, from this side of the Atlantic and beyond the pond.
***11
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Opera North's Kiss Me Kate is sheer joy

Jeni Bern as Katharine, Quirijn de Lang as Petruchio © Alastair Muir
Opera North's Kiss Me Kate directed by Jo Davies at Leeds Grand Theatre is sheer joy.
****1
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Jessye Norman in recital: “Hooray for Love!”

Jessye Norman © Carol Friedman
She made cynics swoon and skeptics burst: Jessye Norman, along with pianist Mark Markham, serenaded eager listeners with love songs from the Great American Songbook and 20th-century France.
****1
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