I was going to comment on it being the first production I’ve seen in about 20 years with no surtitles to distract. Don’t know anything about the company but it does seem like they went for a mix of new and experienced singers, all of whom had excellent diction. This really helps deliver the text and the laughs were at the right time. Obviously this is Opera in English in a small scale hall (300 seats?) , but it was refreshing. Can’t find a website for the new co but their list of patrons was most impressive and hopefully this is not the last time they visit Wilton’s.
Then like the London Omnibus…two come at once! So 7 days later we went to a new reduced production of Eugene Onegin at the Arcola. Again, sung in English. Again, no surttiles. Again, we could understand every word! It has a few cuts but it worked very well. No programme to hand so can’t name the Young singer who played Onegin but he had a lovely unforced voice. Tanya (didn’t need to change that) was not so easy on the ear , but overall it was well cast. If anyone is interested I can find out which cast we saw. Runs until the end of December.
I posted a new thread on Onegin which isn’t necessary I see now. Anyway, liked it. Would be v happy to get more recommendations here for small opera, small in terms of venue and number in company, not in ambition or artistic merit.
I've booked today for Poulenc's Dialogues de Carmelites being performed by Guildhall students at the Silk Street Theatre from the 26th February - 5th March. Not that many tickets available so anyone who is interested should probably book soon. Tickets are £25, £15 for concessions.
Jeb thank you. There’s so much happening in London its hard to keep up, delighted when others add to the thread. Have booked for opening night and it will be both my first visit to the Guildhall and this Opera. I see they also have upcoming events with Ian Burnside and masterclasses with Susan Bullock and Yvonne Kenny etc. www.gsmd.ac.uk/music/view_all_events/?cats=5