Jean Cocteau and Francis Poulenc are two bastions of 20th century French creativity, pushing the envelope away from a traditional Romantic period into one of expressionism, serialism and altogether darker motifs. La Voix Humaine is no different.
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.
London’s leading awards in the theatre calendar for Off-West End productions, The Offies Finalists for the 2016 season have been revealed, with south London venues Southwark Playhouse and the Orange Tree Theatre racking up the most nominations.
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Victorian Opera’s audience showed great faith in the polish, variety and flair of the company by filling Hamer Hall for an evening where more than half the program consisted of new compositions sung by young singers. That faith was rewarded with a unique and fascinating evening, bringing the eclectic, entertaining 2015 season to a close.