Prima ballerina white swan on stage bow and curtsey to the audience against other dancers. Ballet Swan Lake, the Opera House in Kiev, Ukraine.

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

The performance was full of character, colour and excitement, which was greatly appreciated by the audience during the evening. As for the scenery it did not distract but enhanced the story. In fact it was a delight to watch. It is well worth seeing.

by February 26, 2020 0 comments Music, Nicholas Newman, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Review, Theatre
Classical ballet Sleeping beauty

Sleeping Beauty Russian State Ballet of Siberia

The performers impressed me with the very high quality of their performance and professionalism. As for technique, each aspect of the transitions, turns, delicacy, and the dance movements was delivered well.

by February 26, 2020 0 comments Going Out, Oxford, Review, Russia, Theatre
Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly performed by Ellen Kent Opera at New Theatre Oxford

We must mention the admirable performance of little Jessica Man as Madame Butterfly’s child, not a singing rôle, but nevertheless crucial in its way. It is the final cruelty of being deprived of her child that completes Butterfly’s tragedy.

by January 26, 2020 0 comments Going Out, Julia Gasper, Opera, Oxford, Review, Theatre
La boheme

La Bohème: Ellen Kent Opera at New Theatre Oxford.

The production takes hints from Renoir and Chagall, and never lets us forget we are in Paris, which is quite right really. If Paris had a DNA then La Bohème would be part of it. The orchestra and conductor (Valeriu Cucharschi) do full justice to Puccini’s inspired score. You can see this production in many other venues such as Woverhampton, Birmingham, Reading, Brighton, Hastings etc as the tour continues during February, March and April.

by January 25, 2020 0 comments Julia Gasper, Opera, Oxford, Review, Theatre

The Cunning Little Vixen.

A review by Julia Gasper Welsh National Opera at New Theatre Oxford 21st November 2019. Janacek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen, written nearly a century ago, combines singing with ballet and has a half-serious half-comical […]