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Chemical reflections on top tenor

A guest posting from Linda Naylor, blogging for ICIS from Paris …   Last night I had the privilege of seeing the magnificent Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez in concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.   His third and final encore, Pour mon ame, from Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment, which has a series […]

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BP, Shell arts sponsorship questioned – Greenpeace

Oil companies such as BP and Shell are important sponsors of the arts in London, including theatre, opera and the visual arts. There was a lively debate on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme this morning about whether oil companies were cynically using the arts to give themselves social legitimacy.   Tate Britain will be celebrating […]

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What do Mozart and polyethylene have in common?

Linda Naylor poses the question on every chemical opera goers lips: “What do Mozart and polyethylene have in common?” She writes …   On my recent visit to Covent Garden to see Cosi Fan Tutte, I was astonished to discover (and I must have seen the opera 5 times before) that the  fickle sisters Fiordiligi […]

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Texas bums on seats

Cinemas in the Houston area are a thing of wonder, according to my ICIS colleagues there. For years I have been hearing of a cinema complex in Katy, Texas, just outside Houston, which not only has wide reclining seats, but also tables in front of the seats where waitresses bring you a meal while you’re […]

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Chemical Operas #1 – The Flying Dutchman

There are precious few operas which have anything much to say about commercial life, let alone manufacturing industry. With their ludicrous plots and heart-breaking tragedies, it’s difficult to imagine setting any of the stories of murder or mistaken identity in the chemical industry.    Only maybe The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Holl√§nder) which the Blog enjoyed recently at Covent […]

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ICIS folk meet the Stars

ICIS folk are no strangers to the world of the rich and famous. At the Royal Opera House to see L’elisir d’amore on Saturday, my colleague Linda told me that a friend of hers, Professor Jacek Rostowski had just been made Polish finance minister. And today she phoned to say that she saw Emilia Fox […]

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