Saturday, 1 August 2009


21/7/09, Royal Albert Hall (Prom)

The Glyndebourne production of Purcell's "opera", semi-staged. The music of course was wonderful. The huge bleeding chunks of Midsummer Nights Dream, which might have worked well in a smaller theatre, got totally lost in the vastness of the Albert Hall.

I failed to make a note at the time and now, a month on, I can remember little of the detail. Desmond Barrit as Bottom was funny. Several of the other performances were intelligent, though the young lovers were colourless, as they often are, in white nighty-type things (in D's phrase).

D can't remember anything of the music either, though both of us recall that staging and music alike were witty and we laughed quite a lot. Conducted by William Christie with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, who can do no wrong.

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