Month: November 2015

Romeo and Juliet – Núñez, Soares, Underwood – The Royal Ballet – Nov 20 2015

Throughout Act I Marianela Núñez‘s Juliet appeared more Núñez than Juliet. It seemed this was a naturalism verging on not-quite-trying but then the approach became more defined, more invested and consequently more affecting in Acts II and III. Passion and grief are Nuñez’s professional tessitura – as well as beautiful form and athleticism.


The Force of Destiny – ENO – Dress Rehearsal

Don Alvaro Gwyn Hughes Jones

Donna Leonora di Vargas Tamara Wilson

Don Carlo di Vargas Anthony Michaels-Moore

Padre Guardiano James Creswell

Fra Melitone Andrew Shore

Preziosilla Rinat Shaham

Marquis of Calatrava Matthew Best

Curra Clare Presland

Trabuco Adrian Dwyer

Alcade Nicholas Folwell

I don’t want to give too many spoilers, or give too much away, or pass judgement on what was a rehearsal. But.


La Bohème – Winters, Borichevsky, Rock – The Coliseum/ENO, 31st October 2015

I was – perhaps for the first time ever – offended by something I saw in an opera house.

I confess I admire Bohème. It has a touch of romance, tragedy and good music when well-played. This performance really had none of those elements.