This cabaret-style show has energy, passion and emotion in spades. It’s not a slick production; it doesn’t shine with bells and whistles, or a complex, sharply written narrative with intertwining, overarching themes and artistic devices.
If you want to train as an opera singer, Britain seems a good place to be based. In the 2017 listing by subject, QS World University Rankings placed Juilliard School in New York first in the new performing arts schools category but there were no fewer than three British conservatoires featured in the top 10.
Operas are no use sitting in dog-eared scores on the shelf. Operas are made to be heard and experienced and enjoyed. Blancke Knochen Opera takes Massenet’s score for sumptuously melodious opera Werther off the shelf and brings it to life in a bare bones performance that trades production values for heart and soul.