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What the Jury liked:
This production was very enthusiastically received by the Jury. Despite their small numbers, and the fact that they were “only” watching a screen, spontaneous applause broke out several times, particularly during the curtain calls… Everyone was totally absorbed and enthralled by the performances, the music, the staging and, in fact, just about everything. As Jane, in one of our Video Crits says, “I really couldn’t fault it !”
What the Jury liked:
J’ai aimé les décors, les costumes et le respect de la tradition. La musique était également fantastique.
The singing was outstanding and the staging delightful. It was all there: drama, tears and joy. A sheer delight.
Superb voices — without exception! What’s more the singers were young and believable. They manages to make a rather ridiculous story move beyond absurdity (no mean feat!) Great acting. A really wonderful experience.
Amazingly beautiful costumes. Excellent cast and singers to die for. I also loved the imaginative setting and scene changes…
The voices were really excellent and expressive and the acting was extremely convincing, particularly Angela Gheorghiu. The humour that filtered in from time to time was wonderful and the “Stage Manager(Alessandro Corbelli) was superb.
Quelles voix! Et quel plaisir d’avoir les touches d’humour — et les attitudes un peu « sexy ». J’ai aussi beaucoup admiré les cadrages et la composition des images.
As usual, the ROH did a fine job, they never seem to overlook anything of importance. Cilea’s music (melody and harmony) are reminiscent of Puccini, but the dramatic tension held at such a continuously high level made me think of Wagner!
I was very taken with Alessandro Corbelli,
Wonderful production, beautifully acted and sung. Great sets. Very dramatic and humourous at times…
What the Jury liked less:
80% of the jury had no negative comments at all to make.
One person criticised the death scene at the end was a bit Mahler-esque… in that the composer and librettist didn’t seem to know when to come to the final conclusion…
One Jury member observed that “Adriana’s tutor’s glasses were not consistent with period…”
Interpretation / performance: A
HDVD production: A-
Overall ranking: A
Two Video Crits, in which Chantal, an expert in dyslexia from Belgium, sees the Alice story as a clear illustration of what dyslexia involves—living in an inner world, full of imagination, and then coming back down to earth again. She also describes OperaDou as “an extraordinary, baroque place - and we don’t have anything like it in Brussels!”
In the next Crit, Pascal describes Lauren Cuthertson as the “Binoche of the dance”. He is reminded by “West Side Story” in the second half with its syncopated rhythms and energy.
The OperaDou Jury
Starring Angela Gheorghiu as the celebrated French actress Adriana Lecouvreur and Jonas Kaufmann as her lover Maurizio, Count of Saxony, Cilea’s verismo drama explores celebrity, romance, jealousy, and death.
David McVicar’s hit production – the first performance of the opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for more than a century – presents the life of the French actress as a blurring of the distinction between fantasy and reality.
The action revolves around a life-size Baroque Theatre, taking us from the bustle and colour of the first act backstage at the playhouse, to the bare final scenes as the drama reaches its fatal climax.
A stunning production and performance you won’t want to miss !
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