I know I say this a lot… but WOW!
Tonight I was treated to a night at the Royal Opera House to see La Boheme. No ordinary production either. Conducted by none other than Pacido Domingo who has performed this opera many many times but whom you could clearly see was proud to be conducting a flawless performance from both orchestra and singers alike. An incredibly gifted man leading gifted actors.
But there’s more. Just before curtain up, we were told that this was to be the final John Copley’s production and therefore there would be a couple of ‘added extras’ (as if we needed more!). The whole cast would do an extra curtain call between Acts 2 and 3. (Usually the child actors and many extras for Act 2 are long gone by the time of the curtain call.)
AND as this would be the final time the set was to be used (after 40 years), the set change between Acts 1 and 2 would be done with the curtain open. Wow and Wow again. I managed to video most of it and I think you’ll agree it’s an incredible skill to create such intricate sets and then to orchestrate the changeover swiftly, precisely and, it seems, effortlessly. Click here for video.
The whole performance was spellbinding, glorious, magnificent and emotive. Truly never fails to disappoint.
And the final curtain….
Don’t you just love this bar… everyone SHOULD be dressed in evening gowns and black tie to complete the picture!