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Meyerbeer “Robert Le Diable”, Royal Opera House (Review)

In the fictional museum of operatic history the Meyerbeer exhibit invites curiosity more than it commands respect. One sees his place in the grand – very grand – scheme of things, one can appreciate his influence, acknowledge his success, but hearing a piece like Robert Le Diable (staggeringly the 74th performance at the Royal Opera … [Read More]

Posted on 07/12/2012
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Massenet “Cendrillon”, Royal Opera House

The words are in French but still familiar – “Once upon a time….” – and the story which follows, Cendrillon (that’s Cinderella to you and me), is writ large across the surfaces of Barbara de Limburg’s set, opening like a pop-up book of fairytales whose sliding panels have our eyes hanging on to every word. … [Read More]

Posted on 06/07/2011
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