All tagged ENO

Paul Bunyan by the ENO at the Wilton's Music Hall

Paul Bunyan is an American legend – a giant lumberjack with Titanic power and strength. In folklore, he and his blue ox named Babe are said to be responsible for the creation of several American landscapes and natural wonders including the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota, Mount Hood and the Grand Canyon. Today undoubtedly, in Trump’s America, they would regard this as ‘fakelore’!

Tosca at the Grange Park Opera

Tosca was chosen by Grange Park Opera to open its new theatre at the home of the mercurial Bamber Gascoigne at West Horsley Place in Surrey.  The modern horseshoe design on four tiers with a semi-domed roof enables you to enjoy a clear vibrant acoustic sound.  

La Rondine at Opera Holland Park

La Rondine has a rather varied history and is often regarded as Puccini’s ‘poor cousin’ opera.  He was, even until his death, unhappy with each of the three versions that he wrote (1917, 1920, 1921) and never gave a clear indication as to his preferred ending he preferred.  

Lulu at the English National Opera

Alban Berg’s work Lulu is rarely performed.  With Schoenberg as a teacher, the music from this second Viennese composer is 12 note music and atonal.  The opera was left unfinished at Berg’s death in 1935 and the complete opera was not performed in its entirety until 1979 when the Paris Opera, under the baton of Pierre Boulez, brought the whole 3 acts to a wider audience.