Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable & the Ballet of the Nuns
Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:50 AM
What the ballet looked like back then I’m not sure, here’s how it looked to Degas, but long enough after the premiere to have changed.
This is probably earlier as the decor of the Opera in this picture isn’t the same as the Garnier interior of today.
What I saw last night was more Shaun of the Dead than memories of Taglioni as the nuns lurched Zombie-like around the stage before joining the chorus in a mass orgy.
According to the programme it was the 74th production of this opera at Covent Garden but it hasn’t actually been seen there since the 19th century. Fashions in music change I suppose, though as Meyerbeer epitomized the concept of ‘Grand Opera’ it’s a pity his works are so rarely performed. Actually there was a great deal of back-stage drama before the opening night, when a change of soprano had to be made in a hurry as the original choice proved unsuitable. As few have ever sung the role of Isabelle. the ROH was very lucky that Patrizia Ciofi was available at such short notice, sang brilliantly and was rewarded at the end with the lions share of the evening’s applause even though the rest of the cast was also pretty fantastic.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:28 AM
Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:47 PM
It's not fair to make me laugh like that when I'm drinking something...
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