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Adapting such a work is such a difficult undertaking, but in the hands of the ever-exploratory Welsh National Opera (Meistersingers of Nurnberg) it might well be a triumph. Performed on Covent Garden’s main for two days in the summer – the second of which is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme – it has been composed by Iain Bell (Theater an der Wien’s The Harlot’s Progress), one of Britain’s foremost young composers. The libretto has been prepared by storyteller David Antrobus and opera director Emma Jenkins, both experienced hands with literary adaptation. David Poutney, WNO chief and internationally recognised director, will lead the production, with stars tenor Andrew Bidlack as Private John Ball. Carlo Rizzi (La Cenerentola), a perennial baton-wielder at the house, will conduct the orchestra.
This looks to be one of the most ambitious productions of the 2015-16 season. If Bell and Poutney pull it off, it could be extraordinary.
|What||In Parenthesis, Royal Opera House|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
30 Jun 16 – 01 Jul 16, 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM
|Website||Click here to book via Culture Whisper and See Tickets|