Written on Skin at the ROH

Friday 27th January, Covent Garden

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Written on Skin was, to me, quite mystifying – both in itself and the rave reviews. Quoth the ROH: “Since its premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2012 it has been performed worldwide in numerous productions, to widespread acclaim”. The Guardian and The Telegraph reviews of the 2013 production, for example, corroborate the excellent reception (“a musical masterpiece” and “music of genius”, respectively). Continue reading “Written on Skin at the ROH”

Nabucco with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House

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The 9th June performance of Nabucco at Royal Opera House was a special treat, especially considering Placido Domingo’s age. A giant among tenors and a living operatic legend, Domingo was Nabucco, an aging king betrayed by a domineering adopted daughter, Abigaille. Continue reading “Nabucco with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House”

Don Giovanni, Acre

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Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m’invitasti, e son venuto…”

 It was with a nervous step that I entered Akko, former Crusaders’ courtyard and location for the night’s performance of Don Giovanni.
Walking through the Knights’ Halls, in a flabbergasted, trance-like state, one gets a sense of enigmatic energy and almost mysticism that pervades the air. The magnitude of the fortification and the sheer force and power that once bivouacked here now seems to emanate from the very stones themselves. Indeed, it seems the height of inanity that I put pen to e-paper to try and describe the setting, something that took an aeon to physically construct, in several sentences. I won’t go on. Needless to say, Akko, a UNESCO World Heritage site is definitely one of the places to visit before you die – whether an avid Historian or not.
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A night at the opera: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Seviglia

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Every young girl wants to believe in a fairy tale ending, a concept that Hollywood has not only over-commercialized but stereotyped into an almost generic formula. Thus it was with heart-rending pleasure that I found myself transported back to my childhood notions of make-believe in Il Barbiere di Seviglia at the Teatro Real in Madrid whilst reveling in Rossini’s farcical melodramma buffo.
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