Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Turandot in London

I've just seen a fantastic Turandot at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It chased away all my London blues. Both singers and orchestra under the baton of Dan Ettinger were very convincing.

Christine Goerke was a fabulous Turandot. It is a tricky role because not only is it very demanding technically but the story demands that Turandot be a ruthless 'ice maiden', scared of intimacy for most of the Opera only to declare herself for love at the end.  Christine Goerke did a wonderful job today of suggesting vulnerability while still espousing violence.

Ping, Pang and Pong  performing acrobatics at the same time as singing (how do they do it?) and tenor Alexandrs Antonenko was a strong Calaf.

I was sitting high in the gods but heard every word of both lead singers. Such extraordinary voices.
Turandot performers take a bow.

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