Month: May 2015

Sylvie Guillem – Life in Progress- Sadler’s Wells, May 29th 2015

Five stars for this from most reviewers? Five stars for Guillem I could understand, but only if people are five starring her entire career (which they are). I’d have given it maybe two stars, or on TheOperatunist’s trademark well harsh ratings, about 5/10 at the most.

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Royal Ballet Mixed Bill (Afternoon of a Faun, In The Night, Song of the Earth) – May 30 12.30pm

This mixed bill gave results which were truly mixed. Two Robbins pieces (Afternoon of Faun and In The Night) met with MacMillan’s Song of the Earth for this matinee.

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La bohème – Netrebko, Calleja, Meachem, Rowley, Del Savio, Vinco, White, Davies, Price Saturday 30 May 2015, 7.30pm

What an unexpectedly disappointing affair this bohème was, a tragedy because the whole thing came across as over-directed and completely un-spontaneous, tragedy because the tragedy didn’t quite work, in part from the fact that Anna Netrebko ended up sounding bizarrely miscast.

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Woolf Works – The Royal Ballet, 20th May 2015

Quite who suggested the subject matter of Virginia Woolf for a new ballet, and quite why they did so, is anyone’s guess*.  Still good art can come from unlikely places, or can be sourced from curious themes, and McGregor’s art suceeds: this Woolf works. It sketches powerful moments – indeed in some places, it achieves a rare beauty all of its own. Parts I and III of this triptych are by far the strongest. Part II feels like the campest thing ever committed to stage. (More on that later.)

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Carmen Disruption – The Almeida Theatre – May 11th 2015

Carmen Disruption might more adequately be described as Carmen Discombobulation or more proasaically Carmen Disconnection. Whatever its description, it stands as a rewarding evening, and a fine piece of theatre.
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Krol Roger – Kwiecien, Jarman, Pirgu, The Royal Opera House, May 6th 2015

Perhaps this production will become (in)famous for featuring a really big head onstage. We’re talking about fifty feet high or something. Certainly it didn’t have much else to recommend it, apart from some admittedly fine singing here and there, of which more later. “Roger” is an opera I like a lot, mainly for the libretto by Szymanowski and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz and for the shifting leitmotiv filled musical score. To my mind Holten didn’t do it full justice.

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La Fille mal gardée Cinema Relay– Osipova, McRae, Mosley, Saunders, Kay, Peregrine, May 5th 2015

Yes, there were a few ribbon mishaps. Yes, Peregrine nearly brought down the backcloth and nearly killed two members of the cast in doing so, and yes Lesley Collier is right about Natalia Osipova’s port de bras, still a little Bolshoi and not yet 100% Ashton, but by goodness, I don’t quite care really, when the rest is as charming and lovely as this was.
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