Monday, 30 March 2015

Closer, Donmar Warehouse



A wonderful cast (Nancy Carroll, Oliver Chris, Rachel Redford and Rufus Sewell) delivering powerful lines. The character projection from Nancy Carroll and Rachel Redford was particularly strong. Took me a while to get the hang of the story line.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Royal Opera



The house was decked with too many gimmicks. Otherwise it was an OK Mahagonny. Not convinced by Anne Sofie von Otter as Leocadia Begbick. The amplification of the dialogue was annoying to begin with, but got better. Glad to have seen it, but not rushing back any time soon.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, ENO



A good performance of the Mastersingers. A slow start in the first act, but otherwise it was good. Not too convinced by the village fete judging of shoes and bread ... Big sound from everyone - just as well.