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.
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.
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.