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Kismet and Javier de Frutas
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Author:  Cassandra [ Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:06 am ]
Post subject:  Kismet and Javier de Frutas

Javier de frutas is to provide the choreography for the English National Opera's production of Kismet. Think I might get along to that.

Author:  LMCtech [ Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:02 am ]
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That sounds very interesting. Opera really is doing some innovative productions lately.

Author:  Cassandra [ Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:50 am ]
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The following article in today's Independent doesn't approve of English National Opera staging Kismet at all. Normally I'd agree with a lot of the sentiments being expressed, but as musicals seem to be the most popular theatrical genre in the west end right now and the ENO has serious financial worries maybe staging Kismet isn't a bad idea. Agree that I'd rather see the company stage Prince Igor though.

Author:  Cassandra [ Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:21 am ]
Post subject:  de Frutas out

Javier de Frutas has now stepped down as choreographer due to artistic differences with the work's director. Rather a pity in my view.

Author:  Cassandra [ Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:04 am ]
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Kismet performed by the English National Opera has proved to be a massive flop savaged by the critics. As I bought a ticket for the show some weeks ago in the hopes of seeing some Javier de Frutas choreography, I went along to see it for myself on Friday night and I can confirm it was terrible. The problem lies with the staging and the hideous sets. The performers were actually rather good and the singing was glorious, especially from Sarah Tynan when she sang 'And This is My Beloved' and I couldn't help thinking they all deserved much better.

Javier de Fruta's walk-out is easily understood once you've seen the show as no doubt he felt being associated with such a turkey would damage his career: he made a wise move. The references to Baghdad where the action is set were unfortunate and my companion said he found them very uncomfortable.

This article in today's Guardian has Charlotte Higgins questioning the judgement of ENO's John Berry in staging the work in the first place. ... 01,00.html

He points out that repertory decisions are taken years in advance, in other words not his fault. Fair enough: but I question his assertion that the show is going down well at the box office. As I said, I went on a Friday night usually the second busiest night in the theatre after Saturday and the balcony was only about a third full. Although I couldn't see the rest of the auditorium from my seat I imagine the other areas of the house were similarly sparsely populated. Certainly the foyer looked quieter than usual when I arrived.

This is a disaster for ENO, who have had a few lean years lately. The two last productions I saw there, Handel's Agrippina and Britten's Death in Venice, played to what appeared to be capacity. Perhaps the company should stick with opera and leave musicals well alone.

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