Opera North’s talented and fun-loving production, comprising of eighteen characters, ten dancers and a large chorus, is now showing at the London Coliseum and it captures the hearts of many musical and opera lovers. This is Opera North’s second major revival following The Old Vic’s 2012 production of Cole Porter, Bella and Samuel Spewack’s Broadway masterpiece. Colin Richmond’s bright Elizabethan costumes and flamboyant set designs of Bianca, Kate and father Baptista’s stately home (based off the Shakespeare play) are impressive and ambitious.
Attending the Regent’s Park Open Air theatre for the first time last night, I had a sense that the outdoor, natural setting would make it difficult for other productions of Britten’s opera to compete. This is a collaborative project with the English National Opera (ENO), in hope of introducing dedicated members and regular attendees of the Open Air theatre to opera. And in many ways it succeeds.
I had the privilege of seeing Hampstead Garden Operas’ 1960s production of La traviata (my review here), yet I missed out on English National Opera’s alternative production that received mixed reactions from the critics. I was quite keen to see their version of Violetta lost in The Day of the Dead-style graveyard, having strange encounters with the licker man.
Last month, Opera Holland Park opened their 2018 season also with La traviata, yet their production went back to the classic and elegant 19th century, where the story had begun. There is not one controversial aspect about it, which does the production a huge favor in my humble opinion.>>>
This is one of those rare occasions where I can’t let fandom win. Out of the many times I’ve seen Jonas Kaufmann perform on stage (be it at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera, or Barbican), this was probably the most disappointing performance I had ever seen. The Barbican concert, to perform Strauss lieder with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under maestro Jochen Rieder, was first meant to happen on February 2017. But based on recommendations from Kaufmann’s vocal coach, he was advised to cancel the event altogether.
On 3 Nov., @LambethWindOrch shall be performing a #classicalmusic #concert dedicated to women’s music. #Conductor, John Holland speaks to me about the the concert, changes in #musiceducation, the position of #women in the classical music industry and more. trendfem.com/2018/10/q-a-jo…
.@WintervilleLDN is @Chivaree_Circus's #CRASH, a love story with thrilling acrobatics, aerial dance and ballet set to an electronic score. Its #creativeproducer, #EdwardGosling speaks to us about CRASH, where his love for the #circus came from and more... trendfem.com/2018/10/q-a-ed…
.@NYTREPcompany have revived the thought-provoking and critically acclaimed play by Evan Placey #NYTConsensual. Now showing @sohotheatre, associate director Anna Niland talks to us in an interview about the play, sex, consent, the #metoo movement and more. trendfem.com/2018/10/q-a-an… Retweeted by Trendfem.com🌸🎶
.@TeaBreakTheatre's #Frankenstein is showing at the @SuttonHouseNT . Here, its director Katherine Armitage discusses the challenges of putting on the production, her love for female writers & where she feels the voices of females are slowly making strides trendfem.com/2018/10/q-a-ka… Retweeted by Trendfem.com🌸🎶