The Portrait, Leeds Grand, 2nd February 2011
Feb03

The Portrait, Leeds Grand, 2nd February 2011

Last night we had the privilege of being at the British premiere of The Portrait by Weinberg. It was written in 1980, but Weinberg has been forgotten very quickly with the political turmoil of the Soviet Union in the Eighties going into the Nineties. The Portrait is the tale of a penniless artist who has always wanted to paint his Psyche, a beautiful model who lives in his head, which will be his artistic masterpiece. One day, he...

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Carmen, Opera North, 22nd January 2011
Jan23

Carmen, Opera North, 22nd January 2011

Not quite sure where to start with this review!! We knew in advance that this very popular and well known opera had been given a bit of a twist by director Daniel Kramer, and turning Seville, Spain in the 19th century to Seville, USA in 1950/60s was on the cards. He had also decided to remove the Spanish ‘softness’ which has been in recent versions, reckoning that it detracts from the story. The setting, not too sure on, didn’t really...

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