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RNCM Opera Gala

RNCM Theatre, 22 January 2013

It is the Opera Olympics, no less.

The evening promised world-class arias by world-class composers and it yielded world-class performances of the same by RNCM alumni and students and the Orchestra of Opera North.  Each performance – and there were 17 all told – was a highlight.

Just as with Opera North’s staging of Wagner’s ring cycle, the orchestra were up out of the pit, the choir behind them, the singers taking their place front of stage.  A smart set-up and it worked well here.

Pure indulgence, this concert, just like eating cherries: pleasure that does you good.