A first night with mixed reactions
Back in 2013, the Canadian baritone Gerald Finley said in an interview, ‘if there is a Scarpia out there somewhere I’d be happy to do that.’ Come four years later and he is doing exactly that. On Monday night at the Royal Opera House, his Scarpia had long hair, a burnished rich vocal tone and menacing demeanour in Jonathan Kent’s ninth revival of Puccini’s Tosca. For a first-timer, Finley gave a distinctively refreshing portrayal of Scarpia that I shan’t forget.
The production began 12 years ago with set designs based on the Napoleonic era. I’ve seen it twice before and this version is my favourite. This is mainly due to the tremendous cast, which includes Finley, his fellow Canadian Adrianne Pieczonka and Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja. These international artists have a huge following and if it wasn’t for their sensational voices and breadth of experience, I probably wouldn’t have bothered seeing the production at all.
Has to bash out some words on this on #StuntCasting. Having read @matttrueman and @ShentonStage's post on Stunt Casting from @TanyaBurr at @swkplay I'm still unsure what the fuss is all about. Can we just let Burr have her time to shine on stage? trendfem.com/2018/02/tanya-…
☆☆☆☆ Well, I'm not holding back. Carey Mulligan is great in Dennis Kelly’s #GirlsAndBoys play showing at @royalcourt. 'Mulligan delivers a compelling monologue fuelled by extreme emotions.' £12 tickets available on Mondays 9am. I recommend you see her. trendfem.com/2018/02/girls-…
ICYMI: Here's my thoughts on @CarmenUnionLDN now at @TheUnionTheatre until March 10th 'Carmen 1808 is a thrilling 90 minutes of high energy theatre with music you'll know and songs you'll learn to love. trendfem.com/2018/02/union-… … If musical theatre is your thing, go! ☆☆☆☆ twitter.com/MaryGNguyen/st…
Better late than never! Here are my thoughts ☆☆☆☆ @CarmenUnionLDN @TheUnionTheatre -'Carmen 1808 is a thrilling 90 minutes of high energy theatre with music you'll know and songs you'll learn to love. https://t.co/PTmTB71hB8@PhilWillmott @RachelLeaGray Showing now - March 10 pic.twitter.com/aC0u59vAZA— Mary Grace Nguyen (@MaryGNguyen) February 16, 2018