Penny Woolcock’s spectacular staging is set in a Sri Lankan shanty town with mesmerising underwater scenes. Claudia Boyle as Leïla, tenor Robert McPherson as Nadir and baritone Jacques Imbrailo as Zurga.
Clockwise from left: Amsterdam Canal (Prisengracht), 1934. Female dancer in traditional Javanese dress, Bali, 1956. Shoe shiner polishes man’s shoes on Charing Cross Road, London, 1936.
Wolf Suschitzky, photographer, passed away on 7th October aged 104. Even at this advanced age he was still exhibiting (Unseen, July 2016 at the Ben Uri Art Gallery). He was also blessed to remain the same person he had always been, still engaging and interested in the world around him. I still remember being amazed bumping into him a couple of years ago at the local Sainsburys in Kilburn where he was doing his weekly shopping.
His work has been represented by Lebrecht for many years. His acute eye for the world around him transformed into black and white created shimmering portraits of bygone times. The 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are faithfully transmitted in his outstanding photographic work.
Born in Vienna in 1912, Wolfgang first came to London in 1934, fleeing Fascism in Austria. Having trained as a photographer in Austria and later as a cinematographer in the UK, he created many thousands of photographs during his career and became well known as a film cameraman on documentaries and feature films. He worked on over 200 films, including the 1971 gangster classic Get Carter.
Go to www.lebrecht.co.uk to see iconic and unusual images from the early stages of his career featuring London’s Charing Cross Road, images of Bali from the 1950s and San Francisco cable cars to name a few.
Wajda’s films dealt with the turbulent history he witnessed in his home country. He won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1981 for Man of Iron, which focussed on the Solidarity movement, and in 2002 he was awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar for his contributions to world cinema.
Lebrecht’s unusual images of 20th century China document an era of radical transformations. From the final years of the Qing Dynasty to the death of Mao in 1976, Lebrecht’s collections cover significant events from accross the century.