I hugely enjoyed Guillaume Tell at the Royal Opera House yesterday evening. The musical performance inspired by Antonio Pappano was at the highest level. The superlative ROH chorus were stars of the show up there with Gerald Finley and John Osborn. And the rest of the ingredients were as distinguished as it gets down to the last of the minor roles......if there are such things. Major artists such as Michael Colvin and the superlative Jemmy of Sofia Fomina, to mention just two, brought such quality of detail and distinction to the musical performance. And Pappano's orchestra emulates Levine's orchestra at the Met as being, arguably, the finest in town.
The production, you ask, after all the controversy? Well it appeared to me that "adjustments" must have been made to the "offending scene". There was not a boo within earshot. Uncomfortable it was certainly, but the dramatic point was made without compromise to the "artistic integrity" of the, I have to assume, different first version. The rest of the production is as reported - for me it told the story clearly and allowed the cast to deliver Rossini's extraordinary final opera in all its musical glory.
Tomorrow I at last make my first visit this year to Garsington - Death in Venice. And Intermezzo on Sunday. Then on Wednesday I will do the Così!
It is now another glorious day in London...........