Michael Coveney: Critical Forum & Farewell
Lyn Gardner of the Guardian hasn't eaten much, what with all her rushing around -- she slowed down with just five shows yesterday -- until she turned up for a workshop production at the ...
Michael Coveney: Crazy Over New Baroque & Roll
I've seen a few rousing receptions in the Queen's Hall down the years, but nothing has surpassed the acclaim that greeted Magdalena Kozena, the amazing Czech mezzo soprano married to Simon Rattle, ...
Michael Coveney: Dog of a Mexican Show
The mystery of the mystery man on the front row is solved even before this morning's concert -- can't wait; it's the divineĀ  soprano Magdalena Kozena -- at the Queens's Hall. Of course, he turned
Michael Coveney: Death in the Afternoon
I have only just learned of the bizarrely appropriate circumstances of the death of that notable theatrical historian and archivist, David Cheshire, earlier this year. The author of countless artic
Michael Coveney: Who's That Man in the Front Row?
One of these days -- tomorrow, actually -- I'm going to ask the man who always sits in the front row at the Queen's Hall concerts who the hell he is. He's there, every year, every concert, without ...
Michael Coveney: Don't Rain on My parade
The International Festival opens tonight with John Adams's El Nino in the Usher Hall, which at last has been tidied up around the spanking new foyer, though that addition looks like a plastic ...
Michael Coveney: Dining at the Top Table
It's always good to have a break from the hurlyburly. I spent most of yesterday cooped up inside the Assembly Rooms, so I felt entitled to accept an invitation to dinner with my wife's cousins, Jack ...
Michael Coveney: Battles in the Bubble
Producer Julius Green has a sold-out hit with his circus burlesque in the Assembly Rooms -- well, there are several very scantily clad ladies in the cast -- but he's still having trouble knowing ...
Michael Coveney: Travails in the Traverse
Most of yesterday was spent in the smaller Traverse, which is like sitting in an oven turned up to Gas Mark Five. Luckily the plays were almost worth it, and Groundhog Day was enlivened by some bad ...
Michael Coveney: Trainspotting
The train was packed. I fell into conversation with two delightful Croatians who were wondering what to do when they arrived in the AthensĀ  of the north. I told them where to go, then everyone e