Tuesday 13 September 2011

The LSO are performing Weber's Der Freischutz in April 2012 at the Barbican, details here. Witha rather more traditionally heavyweight cast than at the Proms, with Christine Brewer as Agathe and Simon O'Neill as Max, conducted by Sir Colin Davis. Though as with any concert performance of an opera with spoken dialogue you wonder what they are going to do about it. Both Midsummer Opera and Chelsea Opera Group have had resort to spoken narrations, which is never a good idea. And when the LSO under Colin Savis performed Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict the spoken dialogue was performed by actors. So I await the LSO's performance with bated breath. I'd like to think we might get the German dialogue, spoken by the singers as Weber intended, but I wouldn't bank on it.

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