Archive for October 18, 2007

Phoenix Orchestra does Opera — it’s tonight!

October 18, 2007

Phoenix flyer 

A reminder…

Yes:  the London Phoenix Orchestra’s next concert will be an amazingly full programme (ten items — incuding two full-sized overtures!) of operatic treats, starring Mary Nelson, Amos Christie and conductor Lev Parikian.  It’s on 18 October at St John’s, Smith Square at 7.30;  do come, and bring all your stage-struck friends… Check the orchestra’s website for details.  Hope to see you there!

Click on this link to see the flyer as a pdf:  Phoenix concert 18 Oct

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Donizetti’s ‘Rita’

October 18, 2007

…is in the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, for three performances only by the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme.  Get there if you can!

It lasts less than an hour, it’s great fun, and it is sung in Italian with NO SURTITLES.  Speaking as devil’s advocate, this is brilliant.  (I don’t know whose decision that was — certainly surtitles were never mooted as far as I’m aware.)  All credit to the singers’ diction and acting, and to the language coaches.

And credit to (presumably) director Tom Guthrie‘s idea of listing a few keywords with translation in the programme — ‘wife’, ‘marriage contract’, ‘beating’, ‘cripple’…  Yes, if it weren’t so funny it would be extremely un-PC.

It isn’t fair or ethical to review a production on the basis of a dress rehearsal, especially when I was there as an ‘insider’, so I’ll just say that it’s a very jolly show, and the production is simple and effective (the sleazy 50s cafe is just right — though I could have done without the other customers:  extras are always distracting!  ho hum).  Nice playing by the Southbank Sinfonia — just a nice size of small band for this genre of opera and size of theatre.

(And it’s not by Wagner!!) 

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