Friday 27th January, Covent Garden
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”
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”
And so was I taken away by the irresistible twister of a last minute invitation to Covent Garden. Yes, nothing’s good enough to resist cancellation for a seat at the Royal Opera House.
Continue reading “La Fille du Régiment and Kiri Te Kanawa’s Birthday at the Royal Opera House”
Wozzeck, is by no means a normal opera. Yet it includes all the quintessential themes we love and hate. Love, murder, rape, death just to name a few all interwoven into Berg’s eery setting of a German doctors surgery in the 1920s.
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“What restoration, what revival? Our standard already flies on Mount Olympus! […] We stand shoulder to shoulder. There is no acid between the artists. Our answer to all that has happened at the Bolshoi is the dance which the artists bring on to the stage.” – Sergei Filin in the Telegraph last week.
Continue reading “The Agony and the Ecstasy: The Bolshoi Ballet returns to London”
Seduced by the Royal Opera house’s promise that I would be “transported to an exotic world of noble warriors and cruel princesses”, I eagerly awaited the performance of La Bayadère. And if any word can be used to describe the performance it was definitely ‘transported’.
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Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, returning to the Royal Opera House this month for a third time, is a spectacle of Diaghilevian proportions. From the minute the curtain rises to the sounds of Joby Talbot’s sweeping, yet crystalline score, Lewis Carroll’s tale of white rabbits and playing cards is brought to life in a way that is fresh and innovative- a true feat after over a century of endless adaptations.
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