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Verdi “Requiem”, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, Gatti, Royal Festival Hall

It was clear that there was an Italian on the podium. While muted strings invoked an atmosphere so crepuscular that that one involuntarily closed one’s eyes the murmur of voices intoning the words “Requiem aeternam” seemed to come from deep inside the cathedral. The theatricality of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem is inescapable but what was … [Read More]

Posted on 21/04/2013
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Posted in Classical Music, Reviews

Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin”, Royal Opera House (Review)

Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin with dancer in Eugene Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013We begin where we will end – with Onegin and Tatyana closing the door on the life that was and the life that might have been. It’s one of the great “what ifs” of opera and Kasper Holten’s first production as Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House is a bold one – thoughtful, … [Read More]

Posted on 05/02/2013
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