Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Manon at the Royal Opera House

Last night papa and I went to the opera. We were off to see Manon at the Royal Opera House. This is not an opera I've been to see before, in fact I've not seen any Massenet operas before and I wasn't sure what to expect.

I was therefore delighted by the first few strains coming from the orchastra sweeping through the house and transporting me away from dreary life. The opera was stunning, Massenet's composition is just fabulous and I was so pleased to be seeing an opera I hadn't seen before and really enjoying it. Plus the new production by Laurent Pelly was pretty good, the set a little dreary but the costumes amazing!

We were incredibly lucky with the cast, Anna Netrebko as Manon and Vittorio Grigolo as Des Grieux. Plus a host of other very talented singers. I was especially impressed with Vittorio, as a tenor his voice flows over the orchestra and has a power and richness to it which I often feel is lacking in other tenors. My favourite singers are generally deep male singers, bases and britones.

If you have the time and are quick there might be tickets left, I would highly recommend it. And of course if you do go let me know!

5 comments:

Gaynor said...

Sounds fab, we dont get the opera that often up here in Edin but i could always try and see some during the festival instead.

Being Brazen said...

Wow, sounds like a great night out x

Make Do Style said...

Wonderful - I must go!

babypicturethis said...

That sounds wonderful.

And that is the most beautiful venue I think I've ever been to. I would live there if they let me, and drink from the champagne bar for breakfast.

Marie said...

@babypicturethis - I love the floral hall (now Paul Hamlyn hall), the space, light (champagne bar), le sigh...