La traviata at Theater Basel
This evening the English National Opera opens Daniel Kramer's production of La traviata that is co-produced with the Basel Opera and which opened in Switzerland earlier in the season. It completed a sold out run of performances there just a few weeks ago and has been the success of their season evidently. London will now see it for a long run of performances and it is likely to be no less popular here.
I am particularly delighted to see the Irish soprano Claudia Boyle in the title role, and our wonderful South African tenor Lukanyo Moyake who was a Neue Stimmen prize winner in 2015. They are both destined for great things. And speaking of great things - as Germont Père Alan Opie celebrates his 50th year with the English National Opera, and company itself celebrates 50 years at the Coliseum.
Alas I can not be at the whole performance this evening as I have a family commitment - a school concert at St John's Smith Square, including Carmina Burana. But I hope to get to the Coliseum for the last act and to hear the resounding cheers at the end. And to go to the party!! However I have a taste of what is to come having been at the dress rehearsal on Wednesday and some earlier rehearsals as well.
Meanwhile yesterday I was at a long morning of auditions for Garsington Opera. We had a great line up of the best of the new - highly productive day! And now I am off to the National Opera Studio for their showcase for the wider profession. Other nice things coming up this weekend including a trip to Lisbon!