Marriage of Figaro, English National Opera, ENO, March 2020March 16, 2020
This new minimalist production strips away the usual setting, and concentrates on the characters’ interactions with one another and the sexual yearnings that drive them all. The staging allows the performers to connect directly with the audience — see my review in The Article.
Così fan tutte, English Touring Opera, ETO, Hackney Empire, March 2020March 9, 2020
A delightful production in bright colours with a very fine young cast, all under the baton Holly Mathieson. My review in The Article.
Fidelio, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, March 2020March 2, 2020
The concept for this new production is excellent, though its presentation in Act II didn’t meet with audience approval. Wonderfully energetic conducting by Antonio Pappano, and Lise Davidsen in the title role was truly outstanding — my review in The Article.
Dances at a Gathering/ The Cellist, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, February 2020February 18, 2020
Dances at a Gathering with its wonderfully imaginative choreography by Jerome Robbins was sheer delight, followed by The Cellist, a new ballet by Cathy Marston on the life and loves of Jacqueline du Pré, based mainly on three dancers representing: her, the conductor (Barenboim) and a personification of the cello by a male dancer — …
Luisa Miller, English National Opera, ENO, London Coliseum, February 2020February 13, 2020
Wonderful performances of this Verdi opera despite a heavily psychological production involving dancers, a chorus dressed as clowns, Rodolfo and Luisa as young children, and avoiding one death on the basis that evil will always survive. My review in The Article.
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