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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

English National Opera: The Gondoliers...


Stuart treated me to a night at the opera on Saturday. Well, strictly speaking is was a night at the operetta; The English National Opera's production of The Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers.

I'd not seen the The Gondoliers before but it followed a typical G&S structure - lots of girls, lots of boys, two couples falling in love and funny officials getting in the way of true romance.

The staging was great. The cast sang with gusto and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

One odd thing though. Despite the opera being in English we had 'subtitles'. A screen far above the stage let us read every word that was being sung. Interesting and perhaps something that has been introduced for some time. It was indeed many, many moons ago since I last went to the opera. But it certainly helped us follow the plot (such as it was) more easily.

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