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Otello at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House pulled out all the stops in giving us a new production of this incredibly forceful Verdi opera, Otello.  Keith Warner was asked to direct this new production and the cast of Jonas Kaufmann as Otello, Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Marco Vratogna as Iago was almost as good as it gets today.  

L'elisir d'amore at the Royal Opera House

L'elisir d'amore is a two-act comic opera by the Italian composer Donizetti and was premiered in 1832 in Milan. The opera was written in six weeks! It is a love story reflecting on how a young farm worker Nemorino gets his girl, the farm owner Adina, despite the interest of a rival the boastful Sergeant Belcore and using a love potion put together by the dubious Doctor Dulcamara.

Meistersinger at the Royal Opera House - The Last Night!

It was the last night and last chance to see whether there had been an improvement in this mess of a production.  Needless to say, there hasn’t!  In fact, with Beckmesser opening a bottle of fizzy orange in this first Act – did I miss this or was it added – in this 1920’s/30’s production, it was clear that Kasper Holten was giving not an inch to his critics.  

Die Meistersinger at the Royal Opera House

It’s a mess.  Not musically, but in Kasper Holten’s last production for the ROH as Artistic Director he really hasn’t come to terms with the complexities of the piece and too many gimmicks abound, which simply do not make sense.  His production of Eugene Onegin was poor, but in some respects this production is really awful. 

Adriana Lecouvreur at the Royal Opera House

This was the main operatic success of the composer, Francesco Cilea.  He has given us wonderful orchestration and at times a rather long drawn out melody, but it is not a score of gripping intensity or passion, despite the story of the celebrated Parisian actress who’s love for the handsome Count is met by a rival who eventually kills her with poison.  

Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House

What a glorious night of opera.  Of course, the music to Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier is full of the grandest of liqueur.  It was written in 1911 as one of the greatest of social comedies, with a reflective libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal.  It was first conducted at the Royal Opera House in 1913 by Thomas Beecham.