Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
Richard Jones's production of Martinů's Julietta was first seen in Paris in 2002 (with William Burden in the stamina sapping role of Michel), and subsequently in Geneva. Now, ten years later it appears at the English National Opera looking for all the world as though it is completely new; it is superbly cast with an array of luxury casting examples in smaller roles - Andrew Shore, Gwynne Howell and Susan Bickley for example. And the central character of Michel is taken magnificently by Peter Hoare (above) whom I saw last in Simon McBurney's production of A Dog's Heart at ENO last year.
This is a classic ENO company achievement - just the quality of work that made the company its name in the "Power House" days. Edward Gardner delivers once again an exceptional orchestral contribution from his fine players. Ed's rare theatrical and musical gifts consistently give the ENO brand great lustre.
The company is continuing to deliver its brand of bracing originality. I wonder what they will make of Julius Caesar that opens on Monday. Whatever it turns out to be it will be worth the visit. And with Christian Curnyn in the pit the music will be looked after...........