My friend, Ben Opie, sent me a copy of his new CD, French Sonatas, with pianist Peter de Jager. It’s so wonderful. The minute I started listening to the Saint-Saëns I was hooked. Following that I heard Dutilleux, Poulenc, Koechlin and Milhaud. I highly recommend the recording if you can get your hands on it. Maybe Ben can help us out here and fill us in on how to get a copy!

Thank you so much for thinking of me, Ben. It was an honor to listen to you, albeit also quite humbling! 🙂


23. August 2013 · Comments Off on Le(t’s)go to the Opera! · Categories: Videos

23. August 2013 · Comments Off on Richard Angas 1942-2013 · Categories: Losses

Veteran bass Richard Angas, made famous as Jonathan Miller’s Mikado, has passed away at 71.

The veteran bass Richard Angas has collapsed during a rehearsal for Opera Noth’s new production of Peter Grimes. He was rushed to hospital but died shortly after.


23. August 2013 · Comments Off on Oboe on a Single Reed · Categories: Oboe, Videos

I had one of these some time ago. I think I gave it to a doubler. I knew I’d never use it, but now I’m annoyed that I didn’t keep it just for fun. I knew I’d not get it to sound good. I don’t know if anyone can.

23. August 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Nothing Makes me happy quite Like the Oboe Honking in the background while Jack and Rose Are Making out at the front of the titanic