Lip-sync sinks expectorant expectations

CoughSyrupYou might find this amusing as you watch the attached video clip.

During the late nineties, I was asked by the film production company, Warner Lambert if I would be interested in making an advertising video to promote the product ‘Benylin Expectorant’.  This would then be viewed by the client to see if they were interested in proceeding.

Warner Lambert wanted the aria ‘Nessun dorma’ from Turandot as their selling point.  The day came for the recording in a studio close to Shepherds Market in Central London.  Continue reading

Oriental escapades

The Middle East

PersianCarpetMy first visit to the Middle East was in 1976, to Teheran, to perform Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. We performed at the Rudaki Hall, a most beautiful theatre, brand new and opulent. We rehearsed in the abundant spaces of the marbled foyers until we went on stage for the final rehearsals with a set. This was in the time of the Shah, whose reign was rapidly coming under threat from Islamic revolutionaries, and who was eventually forced to live in exile.

While I was there, I took the opportunity to walk around the city. Between the road and the pavement was a huge ditch called a jube (sp?) and, prior to the time of prayer each afternoon, the ditch was filled with running water. Continue reading