Peter Coleman-Wright, Alexandra Deshorties and company - the WNO In Parenthesis at the Royal Opera House
We have a strange clash in London this week with two of our fine out of London companies in town simultaneously - Opera North showing off their Ring in a semi-staged version at the Royal Festival Hall, and the Welsh National Opera at Covent Garden.
I have given the Ring a miss, regrettable though it is - one can not do it all! But I was at the Opera House yesterday evening for the outstanding production by David Pountney of Iain Bell's In Parenthesis, an extraordinary powerful and moving opera, about war, conflict, suffering, the pointless and futile objectives that power hungry politicians have, and the desperate suffering that they inflict on their people. It is set in 1916 - but could be any time.
This production needs to be seen by anyone who still does not get the point of the European Union. Only opportunity is at Covent Garden tomorrow evening.
This is a most excellent company performance, let by Peter Coleman-Wright, Alexander Deshorties, Marc Le Brocq, Donald Maxwell, and veteran tenor Graham Clark as The Marne Sergeant. And there was a heroic performance from Andrew Bidlack as Private John Ball. The whole package was the thing though, David Pountney producing yet another grand piece of work of immaculate detail and impeccable integrity, and the company's former music director Carlo Rizzi marshalls the considerable forces with his usual authority.
It is an engrossing evening with all its resonances as we struggle with the aftermath of this foolish referendum last week!
Next up will be the opening of Le nozze di Figaro at Glyndebourne on Sunday.