Man of La Mancha, the 1965 musical version of the sixteenth century Spanish novelist Cervantes’ story of Don Quixote, who imagines he is a mediaeval knight errant, has not been seen in London’s West End since 1969, so this new English National Opera production has been one of the hottest tickets in London this Spring. Musically, it is superb, in no small part owing to the ever-excellent English National Opera Orchestra using new orchestrations by David White who also conducts with the … [Read more...]
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Faust, Alberta – Opera by Simone Spagnolo
Faust Alberta is the second Time Zone production by Pamela Schermann at the Bridewell Theatre in the “Opera in the City” festival following the excellent Orfeo and Euridice. It is an original work by the composer Simone Spagnolo and this was its world premiere. A “Nameless Man” is in a remote cabin surrounded by frozen snowfields. He is not identified even to himself. The music is initially eerie – tonal and melodic but subtle and understated. The Man is indulging in self-analysis and a search for identity. He feels trapped and seeks an explanation. The musical rhythms strengthen to reinforce his existential dilemma and we become aware that this is to be an operatic monologue with some spoken words but mostly sung.
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Pegasus Opera Company working in collaboration with Hagemann-Rosenthal Associates presents Shaw goes Wilde: comprising of two one-act operas based on Bernard Shaw's The Music Cure and Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and the Rose. Performed in the newly opened Susie Sainsbury Theatre in the Royal Academy of Music. A state of the art theatre boasting amazing acoustics, comfortable seats and everything you expect to find in a luxury theatre just on a smaller scale. The opening first act based … [Read more...]
It’s unmistakably Georges Bizet’s Carmen, as the overture and the piano introductions to the opera numbers keep reminding the audience. The anomaly of traditional productions being a French opera set in Spain but sung in Italian (or indeed in English) is commented on in this contemporary makeover, if only as a vehicle to keep in the Toreador Song, perhaps one of the most famous arias in opera. The result is rather comical, with Escamillo (Dan D’Souza) stumbling over words in a karaoke session (I … [Read more...]