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Orlando, Royal Opera

I went to see Orlando at the Royal Opera last Thursday. This was the 8th performance at the Royal Opera House - I also saw the 4th performance a few years back. I'd to re-read the synopsis to remind myself the story, so I guess it did not stick last time.
Bejun Metha was an agile Orlando and his interpretation of the mad scene / coloratura was outstanding. The rest of the cast was fine. Charles Mackerras kept the pace of the opera moving - but clearly not as energetically as he would with a Janácek number.
I just don't get Handel operas - Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne was great, but only because of the production and the array of fabulous singers who pulled it off. Is it something for me to discover still? I wonder.



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