The Spectacular Curse
Newcastle Tyne Theatre & Opera House
16th February 2015.
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera is popular for its wonderful balance of intriguing storyline and fabulous music. The Russian State Opera & Ballet Theatre of Komi delivered a passionate and entertaining performance which is accessible to newcomers to opera.
The story centres around the court jester Rigoletto who commits the faux pas of insulting the wrong individual. After a curse is put on him he heads home to check on his beautiful daughter. He is keen that her honour is protected but there are too many people who have a score to settle or have less than honourable intentions. Verdi’s opera has as many twists to the plot as a modern soap opera coupled with the humour that we’d see in a modern sit-com. There is no wonder that the story remains one of the most popular operas 164 years after its debut.
The fabulous score was performed by a large orchestra with Azat Maksutov conducting. They filled the auditorium with the delightful soundtrack. The talented soloists added real magic to the mix.
Director Boris Lagoda has enabled a pacey production that couples the storytelling with fabulous singing. Andrei Borisenko is a remarkable performer who is central to the plot’s narrative as the jester Rigoletto.
Whilst the members of the ensemble are all talented performers, special mention should go to Damir Zakirov as the Duke and Tatyana Zakirova as Rigolettos’ daughter Gilda. They both exhibited great power and control in their solo numbers. Damir’s La donna è mobile was phenomenal.
Yuri Samodurov’ set design helped set the scene and Nelli Svatova’s lighting design added to the atmosphere. The surtitles gave a translation of the lyrics but where sufficiently subtle to not detract from the action.
An absorbing evening with a highly professional cast and orchestra performing a delightful show.
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This review was written by Stephen Oliver for Jowheretogo PR (www.jowheretogo.com ). Follow Jo on twitter @jowheretogo, Stephen @panic_c_button or like Jowheretogo on Facebook www.facebook.com/Jowheretogo
The remainder of the tour is as follows:
Tues 17-Feb Darlington, Civic Theatre
Wed 18-Feb Dorking Halls
Thur 19-Feb Hastings, White Rock Theatre
Fri 20-Feb London, Cadogan Hall
Sat 21-Feb Peterborough, The Cresset Theatre
Sun 22-Feb Stevenage, Gordon Craig Theatre
Tues 24-Feb Harrogate, Royal Hall
Wed 25-Feb Chesterfield, Pomegranate Theatre
Thur 26-Feb Stafford, Gatehouse Theatre
Fri 27-Feb Carlisle, Sands Centre
Sat 28-Feb Halifax, Victoria Theatre
Sun 01-Mar Clacton, Princes Theatre
Tues 03-Mar Swindon, Wyvern Theatre
Wed 04-Mar Stockport, The Plaza
Thur 05-Mar Blackburn, King George’s Hall
Fri 06-Mar Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
Sat 07-Mar Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall
For information and tickets, please visit www.opera-tickets.co.uk