Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Northwest Arkansas Democratic Gazette announces the upcoming performances of Jane Eyre in  Fayetteville:
Time and time again, Arts Live Theatre has proven that producing theater for kids and young adults doesn't mean they're limited to light, fluffy material. The theater company doesn't shy away from heavier shows, rooted in literature and meant to challenge both audiences and young actors. Their latest is "Jane Eyre," the Charlotte Bronte classic, directed by Jason Suel. (...)
Suel says his young cast is able to appreciate the mysteriously dark twists and turns of the Gothic novel.
"They're enjoying it," he says. "They find it creepy. When they first picked it up, they thought it was a classic love story -- but there's so much more to it, so much more depth. This story has a lot of layers to it."
The play begins with young Jane going off to boarding school and follows her as she grows into a young adult, necessitating a wide range of ages among the cast. (Lara Jo Hightower)
Planet Hugill interviews the mezzo-soprano Kitty Whateley, that will be Isabella in the Opéra de Lorraine production of Bernard Herrmann's Wuthering Heights next May:
In May, Kitty will be appearing as Isabella in Bernard Hermann's only opera Wuthering Heights at the Opera de Lorraine in Nancy, in a production directed by Orpha Phelan and conducted by Jacques Lacombe and a cast including Layla Claire, John Chest, Rosie Aldridge, Alexander Sprague and Johnny Herford. Kitty is playing Isabella Linton, a role in which she has to sing and play the piano on stage which will be a first for Kitty.
Wuthering Heights is Hermann's only opera, he worked on it from 1943 to 1951 but though her recorded it complete, it was never staged in Hermann's lifetime and the first performance in 1982 in Portland, Oregon was significantly cut. The work has something of a history in France, because the first live performance of the complete opera was in 2010 at the Radio France and Montpellier Languedoc-Rousillon Festival, conducted by Alain Altinoglu.
Kitty was very keen to take on the role of Isabella, partly because she enjoyed the book and partly because she likes Hermann's music. She comments that the music for the opera is in fact very filmic. Isabella is a great part, though not as big as in the book, she is very feisty and rather hateful with some interesting things to sing. (Robert Hugill)
Parade gives literary romantic quotes for Valentine's Day, including this not-so-frequent one:
“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.” —Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (Selection by Lindsay Lowe)
The New Indian Express asks Indian authors about love:
Shuchi Singh Kalra
Author of A Cage of Desires
A perfect love story, in my opinion, is Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights because of the sheer intensity and complexity of love the author has been able to convey. (Kaushani Banerjee)
Romantic Jamaican films in Jamaica Observer:
Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)
This film adaptation of Jean Rhys' feminist prequel to Jane Eyre has a bit of everything — love, passion, secrecy, insanity and familial obligation, plus it was all filmed here on The Rock.
More Valentine mentions in Williamsburg Yorktown Daily.

The writer Daisy McNally posts on Women Writers, Women['s] Books about her novel I See Through You:
Cue transition to ‘crazy woman’ and in the midst of her grief, Skye does become a little unhinged – but only a little, and actually I was always rather admiring of the courage and imagination that ‘Molly’ shows. She is not a passive heroine – but she does need some help. I thought it was time to finally do away with “the madwoman in the attic” trope. (I always preferred Wide Sargasso Sea to Jane Eyre anyway), and Anna was the solution.
One of the films presented in this year's edition of the Berlinale is The Miracle of the Sargasso SeaΤο Θαύμα της Θάλασσας των Σαργασσών). According to Goomba Stomp:
It’s worth also considering that the title references Wide Sargasso Sea, a rebuttal to the mad-woman-in-the-attic-trope established in Jane Eyre. (Redmond Bacon)
The Ringer analyzes the new song by Ariana Grande:
Thank U, Next” calls out several of Grande’s famous exes—including former fiancée Davidson, current giant goober Big Sean, and the late Mac Miller—by name, in a flip but disarmingly wise way, the line “I’m so fuckin’ grateful for my ex” trilling off the opera-house staircase of her tongue with such timeless profundity that she might as well be quoting the Bible, or Jane Eyre, or When Harry Met Sally. (Rob Harvilla)
In the Daily Mail, the 100 albums of all time by Tim De Lisle:
 17. The Kick Inside
Kate Bush
‘All tracks written by Kate Bush.’ Those words would be unusual for a female singer today, let alone a 19-year-old in 1978. Ten albums later, they’re still proclaiming her fabulous individuality.
Track to download: Wuthering Heights. The vocals alone are mind-boggling.
The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) publishes the obituary of the local stage director and producer Vinodh Senadeera:
When he taught Jane Eyre for O’ Levels and we read about Miss Temple, I realised the subtle importance of a teacher’s appearance which Sir took seriously.
Dawn (Pakistan) remembers the actress Madhubala:
A year later came [1952] Sangdil, which was an adaptation of Emile (sic) Brontë’s classic novel Wuthering Heights. Madhubala and Dilip Kumar had by then formed a team whose popularity equalled, if not excelled, the fame of the Nargis-Raj Kapoor pairing. (Asif Noorani)
Le Soir (Belgium) remembers how
Le Fonds a participé au coût de la traduction de ses deux romans publiés en français : L'amour caché de Charlotte Brontë et Audrey et Anne. Deux romans basés sur des personnages historiques. (Jean-Claude Vantroyen)
La Comarca de Puertollano (Spain) announces that the virtual reading club Alonso Quijano will be reading Wuthering Heights beginning tomorrow February 11.  The upcoming performances of Jane Eyre in A Coruña in La Voz de Galicia (Spain). Jane Eyre 2011 on Estonian TV (Kanal 2) announced on Apollo Kinoportaal.

Madison Diaz Author reviews Jane Eyre.


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