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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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MunichLa femme, c'est moi: Elisabeth Kulman

© Marija Kanizaj
Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Weill, Hollaender, Porter
Elisabeth Kulman, Mezzo-soprano

LondonFemale Portraits

Purcell, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wolf, Strauss R., Hahn, Fauré, Debussy, Duparc, Paladilhe, Walton, Britten, Carmichael, Porter
Lucy Crowe; Anna Tilbrook

CoventryOver There

Porter, Cohan, Vaughan Williams, Orff, Holst, Wilberg, Wilhousky
Dr. Craig Jessop; American Festival Chorus
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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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Kiss Me, Kate dazzles at the Proms

Alexandra Silber (Lilli Vanessi/ Katharine) © BBC/Chris Christodoulou
The John Wilson Orchestra has rapidly established itself as a Proms highlight. Following on from a standout My Fair Lady in 2012, this year's Kiss Me, Kate showed the Orchestra at its very best, with an equally fabulous cast and crew.
****1
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