Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Genoveva Schumann UCL Opera, London

Schumann's Genoveva at the Bloomsbury Theatre is produced by UCL Opera. Please see the review HERE in Opera Today. UCL Opera is a good cause because they've been supporting off the beaten track operas for 60 years. Very enthusiastic!   The text translation is a bit G&S but the production is rollicking good fun. But please see the recording recommendation HERE because it is the best possible way to get to know this opera. It's Leipzig Gewandhaus under Kutrt Masur in 1976. Peter Schreier amazing emotional range as Golo.  Edda Moser, DFD etc. Everyone keeps repeating the cliche that Genoveva is hard to stage. Yet it's more logical than Lohengrin. How many  actually know Genoveva or have heard a superlative performance? That is the question to ask.

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