Magazine article Musical Opinion

From the Editor's Desk

Magazine article Musical Opinion

From the Editor's Desk

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Looking forward - looking back

2005 has been a mixed bag of a year which started well for me with a vivid characterisation of Juliet from Patricia Ruanna in English National Ballet's ever engaging Romeo and Juliet at the Coliseum and yet another welcome revival of Andrei Serban's monumental Royal Opera production of Turandot at Covent Garden. On 20 January, the Royal Opera House opened its doors to welcome the prestigious Dance Awards organised by the Dance Section of The Critics Circle, these are becoming the most exciting dance presentations in the world.

Glyndebourne in 2005 can claim the usual mix of very good and high quality opera. Their last production of the season, Jonathan Dove's Flight, a Glyndebourne commission, has now become a repertory opera on the international stage and gets better every time I see it.

We have too given our usual generous coverage of the 2005 Proms; my main criticism of which was the relatively tiny amount of time given to the superbly refurbished Royal Albert Hall Organ. We had to wait until the irresistible and dynamic Dame Gillian Weir let us hear what this instrumental monster has up its capacious pipes. Surely regular organ recitals must lure us to Kensington Gore again soon.

At the Coliseum, Cheryl Barker made her role debut as Salome which did much to whet my appetite for her projecting Emilia Marty in ENOs new production of Janácek's The Makropoulos case in 2006.

Back in Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano is showing himself to be one of the truly great Wagnerian conductors of the new Millennium. …

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