Monday 7 August 2006


Having managed to negotiate the all German language site of Dresden's Semper Oper we now have tickets to see their new (ish) production of Weber's Euryanthe in March next year. It premiered relatively recently and is not un-controversial (the director has Euryanthe and Adolar singing their roles from the pit in the final scene and gives the triumph to Eglantine and Lysiart). But the opera is one that I've always had a fascination with and have only seen it twice before. Once in concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with Elizabeth Connell as a thrilling Eglantine. And at Glyndebourne with a fascinatingly spooky production by Richard Jones. I'm still waiting to acquire the old recording of the opera with Jessie Norman and Rita Hunter in the 2 main female roles. Last time I looked it was only available as an expensive import. But the cast sounds great and I've always had great fun imagining the pair of them on stage together!!!

Nearer in time, on Saturday 19th August we're off to see Dorset Opera's new production of Massenet's Herodiade with Rosalind Plowright. Bliss.

And I've bought the first tranche of tickets for English Touring Opera's Baroque Tour. We're seeing Dido and Aeneas and Carissimi's Jephte (not an opera and rather short to boot, but an interesting pairing nonetheless> at The Hackney Empire. Not an ideal venue for these operas but we have not been to the theatre since it was refurbished (shame!). The theatre's web site must win awards for being one of the most annoying and awkward to use.We hope to catch up with more of the ETO Baroque Tour and should be aiming to see Monteverdi's Orfeo in Cambridge.

PS. If you are wondering how we got on singing in Tallinn, a full report follows shortly.

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