Friday, 4 March 2011

Most exciting show in town - Guildhall! most exciting show in town and it's a Guildhall production! HERE IS FULL REVIEW. Which shows, never underestimate the power of student productions. Superlative Poulenc Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama tonight. Ths one's a force to be reckoned with - way better than many high-budget big houses. Extremely tightly focused stage action (Stephen Barlow) perfectly in tune with the orchestra (which matters with Poulenc). Marvellous set (David Farley), which expresses both music and drama and also overcomes the practical challenges the constant scene changes create. Good performances all round too. If GSMD students are learning at this level, who knows what great things they'll go on to 
in the future? This is a very unusual opera, but the production is extremely well thought through. Someone understands Poulenc's idiom and what the opera really means! 

I'll write much more later because this is so good that it really deserves in-depth comment. Get to it if you can - it's fabulous !  Next performances: Saturday 5th, Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th. More thru this link.

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