Independent Opera is a remarkable organisation - they just do what they want to do without flinching. And they have brought off another triumph this week with Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Simplicius Simplicissimus, hugely enjoyable, in a remarkable production with a remarkable central performance, thanks to the participation of two remarkable young artists - a director and a soprano.
The director was Polly Graham. Watch that name. She is hugely courageous - and, I was glad to see, an alumna of my alma mater Trinity College, Dublin! That is irrelevant though it pleases me! A future star? Probably.....
The soprano is Stephanie Corley. This kind of full blooded commitment, inspired no doubt by the power of the piece but also presumably by the integrity of the approach to work by this ensemble of committed people - it is thrilling to see this in a young artist.
And there were riper mentors around her in the cast - Adrian Thompson, Marc Le Brocq, and William Dazeley, each giving real weight and distinction to the evening. But these two young women did the job. Wonderful!
I am off to Milan tomorrow - to La Scala, to see Porgy and Bess of all things.....all in a day's work!