Bolshoi Opera

Bolshoi at Covent Garden: Eugene Onegin

Well, it seems that Eugene Onegin is not a lucky opera for us.  Visits by Russian opera companies to Covent Garden don’t seem to come off altogether successfully, either…

We arrived at Covent Garden last night in good time, but both a bit weary after a week at work.  We had two Upper Slips tickets (on opposite sides so we could wave at each other across the void), and at quite an extreme angle to the stage (BB and DD 29 for those that know them).  We’ve had those sorts of Upper Slips before, and appreciate their limitations, but when it came to restricting the view, this production was something else. (more…)

Sometimes you don’t feel like commenting…

Well, here we are again.  Nearly a month since the last post and much operatic activity that has passed without comment.  What can I say?  My mind was elsewhere.

In short:  a fabulous Simon Boccanegra with Domingo; an excellent Salome with Angela Denoke; a so-so Traviata with a hyperactive Gheorghiu; and Hänsel und Gretel at Glyndebourne, not quite as good as the last outing. (more…)