Saturday, 3 March 2018

Dialogue of the Carmelites, GSMD

I joined a posse of colleagues to go and hear the Guildhall School Dialogue of the Carmelites (in French) as we knew a cast member. It's always nice to have a localised reason for going along to see a show such as this beyond the music as it changes ones focus - especially in a grand piece such as Poulenc's Revolution drama - and leaves plenty open to be a surprise.

It's a well-costumed show and excellently lit. The cast has a big range of voices, as one might expect, but quite a bit of strength in depth. The principal parts were well-cast. We sat near the pit which was a treat, as one could hear both the orchestral blend and individual colours with great clarity in this wide, dry theatre.