Splendid singing to start Aldeburgh

The Rape of Lucretia, English National Opera @ Snape Maltings

The Rape of Lucretia, English National Opera @ Snape Maltings


It was an auspicious opening to this year's Aldeburgh Festival – the premiere of a new production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, the result of further collaboration between the festival and English National opera, following the success of last year's Peter Grimes.

Rumour has it that the operatic connection may continue and if so, judged by Friday's splendid performance, it is excellent news.

You may also want to watch:

David McVicar's first venture into Britten results in a production that is pure and free from excessive directorial interpretation. Some might question his use of male and female Chorus as very active participants in the action, although this seemed to add an extra dimension to what is not the most theatrical of Britten's operas.

McVicar secures excellent acting, and on Friday the singing was superb, although the diction was variable.

Most Read

Scarcely a word of John Mark Ainsley's Chorus was clear and even the words of Sarah Connolly's radiant voiced Lucretia were sometimes lost.

Fine conducting from Paul Daniel, sensitive to every nuance, and rewarded with superb playing from the soloists of the ENO Orchestra.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus