It was great to see the RCM's double bill again last night. They managed two casts of different character and even quality. Not all parts were double cast but the two combos gave much pleasure to the enthusiastic audience. And they even managed a last minute change of cast - with Peter Aisher taking on Torquemada and Craig Jackson Arithmétique owing to the indisposition of Nick Pritchard who had played these two roles on Friday evening. Good management!
It was a particular pleasure to see Bradley Travis again as Don Iñigo Gomez - a most accomplished comedy performance with a John Cleese silly walk as well! This young man has a fine instinct for timing - a real talent.
And I greatly enjoyed again the Squirrel of Katie Coventry in L'enfant. A classy voice in the making.
The able young director James Bonas did a fine job, as did the excellent choreographer Ewan Jones who animated L'enfant successfully. Georges Balanchine was the director of the premiere in 1925 so movement is important in this piece!
So all in all the RCM International Opera School is in good heart. The challenge of these two pieces is immense, and French opera as a rule is a nightmare to get right. It is an interesting coincidence that The Guildhall School, the Royal Academy of Music and the RCM all took the French plunge this Autumn. Very courageous of them!
Sunday has been quiet but I am getting ready for Christmas. I took a trip round the corner to Elizabeth King, Bayley and Sage's excellent fruit, vegetable and general deli on the New King's Road - one of my local shopping pleasures.
Irresistible things on the New King's Road