Johan Reuter (Oedipe) at the Royal Opera House
As the performance of Enescu's Oedipe was beginning at the Royal Opera House yesterday evening my mind wandered back to 1962 when Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande was first given in that miraculous production at Glyndebourne, at a time when that piece was as rarely performed in the opera houses of the world as Enescu's is these days. Would this be as big a break through moment for Enescu's neglected "masterpiece" as that Glyndebourne production was for Debussy's?
Well time will tell - touch base in a decade or so!
Anyway this was a remarkable evening, the Royal Opera at its very considerable best. The central performance of the marathon title role was taken by the indefatigable Johan Reuter, a singing actor of riveting presence - superb. And the rest of the cast, right down to the smallest role, was chosen from the finest of our singers - Sarah Connelly, the timeless John Tomlinson, Alan Oke, Sophie Bevan, Claudia Huckle.....and a striking contribution as Thésée from young Samuel Dale Johnson, an artist to watch.
John Tomlinson (Tiresias)
Covent Garden's production is the co-production created by the Brussels Monnaie and the Paris Opera - a superb piece of work by the Fura dels Baus's Àlex Ollé and members of his team in Barcelona. And Leo Hussain controlled the massive forces on stage and in the pit with a very sure hand indeed. An most impressive ROH debut for him then!
I urge you to go for a very moving evening of discovery. Who knows when you will get another opportunity? And by the way the Royal Opera has priced the tickets to sell - and its beginning to look sold out so hurry!