I am up in Edinburgh for two nights, to see the excellent Puccini double Bill (last night), and the much praised Billy Budd this evening. Earlier this week, on Monday I was at the Royal College of Music's Finta giardiniera which had much to enjoy in it. The silly thing is that I do not have a programme and expected to find the cast details on the RCM website! But no! So all I have to say is that there was a particularly promising young tenor as Belfiore. He will know who he is if he reads this!
Patricia Bardon (Principessa) and Anne Sophie Duprels (Suor Angelica)
Suor Angelica was notable for much, and especially the great confrontation between the Principessa and Suor Angelica, both rivetingly played and sung by Patricia Bardon and Anne Sophie Duprels. And notable also was the delightful Soraya Mafi as Genoveva. Duprels is a major singing actress who should be seen more widely - terrific performance.
Il tabarro remains something of a rarity so it was a pleasure to see it again, especially in the revived version of David Pountney's spare powerful production of a dozen years ago. The killer part is Luigi (well actually he is the victim!) and this was dispatched with impressive confidence and burnished Italianate sound by the increasingly excellent David Butt Phillip who has developed into a considerable asset.
This evening is Billy Budd and I am back to London tomorrow. But now I am off to the National Gallery, then lunch with my old friend and colleague Richard Mantle. It is lovely to be in Edinburgh again!