Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Manon, Netrebko and Schrott and a load of critics


Premiere Night at the Royal Opera House! Nearing the end of its season, the ROH premiered Manon by Massenet. This one involved all the biggies and together with the upcoming Simon Boccanegra (Placido Domingo) is an absolute highlight in Europe's Art Calendar this Summer. Aptly so thought the crowds; Conductor Antonio Pappano (yes the one from TV...) was on fire; Anna Netrebko, a true superstar of our time; and Vittorio Grigolo, this amazing young Tenor, received the Bravos of his lifetime. Manon is a racy tale, where the Sexy live fast and die young. An awesome art display and I could go on and on but I don't do reviews.
Netrebko and Co are still partying as we speak so instead I got myself a cheeky picture done with Erwin Schrott, who introduced the grande season finale at the ROH with Le Nozze di Figaro this month. (I usually do the pics) We agreed to feature him on here soon so thank you Erwin for a nice chat tonight.
I must admit ticket prices have gone through the roof with said superstars gracing hallowed london ground, but the crowds were young and this stuff is clearly essential art.