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Friday 23 February 2018

Kinks frontman Davies plans opera

Ray Davies wants to turn his hand to opera
Ray Davies wants to turn his hand to opera

A musical about The Kinks is cur rently a West End hit - and now the band's frontman Ray Davies wants to go one better and write an opera.

Davies started work on it after his first attempt at writing a musical about his life.

That show, named after one of his hits - Come Dancing, was followed by another - Sunny Afternoon - which transferred to the West End last year.

The songwriter, whose hits include Waterloo Sunset, All Day And All Of The Night and Lola, told his biographer Johnny Rogan he had "a story I want to tell".

Speaking to Rogan in his new book Ray Davies: A Complicated Life, he said: " I think it's really important. I need to have meetings with opera people about it. I wrote the outline after I did Come Dancing. I've done some musical sketches for it. It's a collaborative thing. I'm not Puccini. Directors are so important in opera and I'd really like to write this one."

The band, who burst out of their native North London in 1964 with You Really Got Me, made their last album in 1993 and their final public performance took place in 1996.

Its three surviving members - Davies, his brother Dave and original drummer Mick Avory - have regularly hinted at a possible reunion.

The siblings have had a famously fractious relationship, regularly swapping insults and on occasion - punches - throughout their career.

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