Anna Harvey (Ariodante)
It was another great evening of Handel at the Royal Academy of Music. And I am looking forward to returning for the other cast on Tuesday. There was an outstanding central performance from the remarkable Anna Harvey in the title role. She held the stage all evening, assuming and singing the role with complete assurance, and finished us off with bravura performance of that great aria Dopo notte at the end of the evening. Good stuff indeed and this will be a hard act to follow as I go to Juilliard and Curtis tomorrow.
She was surrounded by a strong cast of young singers - notably the Ginevra of Rosalind Coad, Polinesso of Angharad Lyddon, and Lurcanio of Ross Scanlon. With Jane Glover in charge musically, and a new production by Paul Curran, these young people were privileged to be in the best possible hands. The RAM is in fine shape - can they really field two splendid casts for Ariodante? Quite an achievement!
I leave for New York this afternoon, and am looking forward to supper on arrival with Peter Kazaras. At last we are in the same city at the same time. Will be so good to catch up with an old friend and colleague going back.........
Rhiannon Llewellyn (Dalinda) and Angharad Lyddon (Polinesso)