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.