Review – Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites

RNCM soloists, chorus and orchestra RNCM Manchester Saturday 14 December 2019 A stunning staging of Poulenc's emotional opera **** This was the final performance of the RNCM's staging of Poulenc's opera, Dialogues des Carmélites, set in a Carmelite monastery during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution. It's a deeply religious work appearing towards …

Review – Martinů The Greek Passion

Nicky Spence as Manolios with the Chorus of Opera North, The Greek Passion © Tristram Kenton Opera North   The Lowry, Salford Saturday 16 November 2019  A visually striking production of a topical drama  ****  ‘The poor are always with us’. So are refugees, and Martinů’s message in his opera the Greek Passion is both topical and timeless. The …