I've been extra queasy today, and nearly spewed a couple of times from gross-out public behaviour. There's this smelly dosser type with dusty dreadlocks who sometimes sits on a bench, and this morning, I noticed him having a jolly old wank. Urp! Later, just as I left the theatre. in broad daylight, this guy was pissing up against the door, and I nearly trod in the steaming stream. I was also peeved by the crowded auditorium packed with gormless gabbling teens again. Still, I'm very grateful that I, too, was given the odd opportunity to see opera and Shakespeare when I was one of them, from a home with no culture. Good luck to 'em, then.
Catherine Malfitano's lovely TOSCA production is holding up well. The orchestra was on really robust form, and the singers sounded terrific. I'm not very familiar with any of them, but Keri Alkema had a nice, creamy sound and was very glam.Gwyn Hughes Jone was a good, ardent Cavaradossi, although I didn't stay for his big aria, and Craig Colclough made a strikingly powerful Scarpia. The whole cast radiated passion and commitment, a nice refresher after what I found a rather plodding Don Giovanni the other day.