Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A reprise of Dr Dee


A fresh surge of interest in John Dee culminates this month in the release of Damon Albarn's soundtrack album to his opera Dr Dee, which premiered last summer at the Manchester International Festival. The opera will receive its London premiere this summer at the Coliseum, as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Also published this month by Yale University Press is Glyn Parry's definitive biography, The Arch Conjuror of England: John Dee, a must-read for anybody interested in learning more about this extraordinary man. The portrait on the cover was painted for Dee on his appointment to the Wardenship of the College (now Chetham's Library and School of Music), and can be found in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.