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Opera North's Les Noces/Dido and Aeneas
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Author:  kurinuku [ Thu May 10, 2007 1:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Opera North's Les Noces/Dido and Aeneas

Les Noces/Dido and Aeneas
by NEIL FISHER for the Times
published: May 10, 2007

The weaker half is the dance-dominated one. Choreographers can take Les Noces anywhere, provided the business on stage matches the intensity of the score. But Collins’s approach cramps both music and drama: the soloists, chorus, pianos and percussion are pushed to the back of the stage, and perhaps as a result nearly all (apart from the powerful soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers) sound too polite and restrained.

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