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There are times when no matter how good a concert/opera/recital may have been, you come away with a slightly heavy heart, thinking to yourself, “And now I’ve got to write that up” (Well, you probably don’t: but God knows I do.) And then there are occasions like tonight, where such was the quality of the performance that I could barely endure the brief journey home, itching as I was to pounce into print on the instant. (I suppose this is why people have smart-phones: though if they were that smart my view is that they should write the damn thing for me themselves, based on a star-rating and a few choice observations. Roll on the day).

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The opening night of the Rosenblatt Recital Series at the Wigmore Hall was to have showcased the American tenor Stephen Costello in a mixed programme including some potentially interesting Jake Heggie song repertoire. However, a particularly vicious attack of influenza put paid to Mr Costello’s travel plans and set Ian Rosenblatt of on a pressing search for a replacement artist. As things turned out he was extraordinarily lucky to secure the services of Javier Camarena who was appearing in Zurich (where he is a regular soloist) and happened to be available on the day in question. Camarena recently made history by being one of only three artists in the last seventy years granted an encore at the Metropolitan Opera.

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PARIS: emission "La Boite a Musique" sur France 2The breathtakingly beautiful town of Lucca is renowned throughout the musical world as the birthplace of one of the most beloved opera composers, Giacomo Puccini. His immense popularity has inevitably overshadowed another talented but unlucky “lucchese”, Alfredo Catalani. It is therefore commendable that one of the most important local musical societies, the Circolo Musicale Alfredo Catalani decided to name itself after the composer of La Wally, his only opera to be occasionally revived (and I would also like to mention that the name of the local Conservatoire of Music is “Luigi Boccherini”, another illustrious son of Lucca).

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