Crazycrone (crazycrone) wrote,
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CALIGULA at ENO...

 Met up with helenravenat the Coli, and found that luckily, the building hadn't 'heated up' yet. It was fairly comfortable, until, of course we came blinking out into the strong sunshine, Yaaaah....
ENO has been having a very good season indeed. CALIGULA is another impressive production, and it seems there are tickets available from £10, so it's well worth making an effort to go. I'd never heard of this newish opera by Detlev Glanert. I think it's possibly the UK premiere. Musically and dramatically, it's quite a powerful piece, blending black humour with full-on 'orror. It's set in a sort of football stadium, which looks great, although I really felt for the cast. Don't know how they managed to navigate those veritginous steps, without clutching onto railings, while remaining in character and singing difficult music. Yow.
Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright gave a bravura performance as the doolally dictator, with very strong support from Yvonne Howard, Christopher Ainslie, and the rest of the excellent cast. The imagery was quite spooky and haunting, and I rather expect variations on it to turn up in my dreams before long.


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