Thursday, October 14, 2004

Evening Standard review of "For The Public Good"

Here's what they had to say...

"Over at the London Coliseum, ENO prepared for the building's December centenary with For the Public Good, a 45-minute précis of Coliseum history, from futurist manifestoes to Churchillian speechifying during the Second World War. If the words "site-specific community opera" fill you with horror, the results were engrossing. Hundreds of amateur singers filled the stalls with bustling energy and raucous good humour, with a few professionals (including Denise Leigh, joint winner of Channel 4's Operatunity) extended to the stage. Tamsin Collison's libretto and Orlando Gough's music were both nicely irreverent, and Stephen Langridge's production made full use of the Coli's inbuilt theatricality. There are those who will tell you that English National Opera has lost its way; For the Public Good suggests otherwise."


At 5:33 AM, Anonymous said...

Well that certainly is worth looking at.

Brian Crouch


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