I have only seen one performance at Wilton's Music Hall until yesterday evening, and that was Kurt Weill's Silbersee in March 1999, the very first musical event there for over 100 years! So I was really delighted to be back 17 years later.....and this time for Handel in the utterly delightful space which has proved to be such a success, and which is a perfect place for the Royal Opera to escape to while the Linbury is being remodelled.
The Jette Parker Young Artists programme were the lucky young people to take on Handel's pasticcio opera Oreste. And there was some very fine singing indeed from the young cast, notably from the excellent New Zealand tenor Thomas Atkins and Lincoln born mezzo Angela Simkin. Super Irish and Russian sopranos Jennifer Davis and Vlada Borovko were moving and stylish Handelians as the much abused young women, and the low life men were Hungarian Gyula Nagy and South African Simon Shimbambu - all these valuable contributors throughout the season to the Royal Opera in so many different smaller roles. Here was their opportunity to shine, and shine they did!
Tonight Lulu at ENO. Exciting!