I am no expert on royal history, but I doubt whether the ballroom in Buckingham Palace has hosted another musical event that stirred such deep emotions as the concert I attended this week. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra whacked out Wagner and Tchaikovsky, and the London Philharmonic Choir shook the Queen’s chandeliers with thunderous Handel — but with respect to both those ensembles, that was not what moved several hundred people to tears.
A few weeks ago a colleague decided to treat his girlfriend to the Cirque du Soleil show in the Royal Albert Hall. Lucky woman, because the two tickets he bought, advertised on the secondary-ticketing website Viagogo, cost him £241. On the other hand, unlucky woman — because when they arrived at the Albert Hall they were turned away. So were dozens of others. All had been sold tickets for seats that had already been allocated to other people.
★★★★☆Yes, the Royal Opera’s new show is Carmen, but not as we know it. Chunks of music traditionally cut from Bizet’s score have been restored, adding 40 minutes to the running time. In place of the dialogue there’s a narration spoken in French by a sultry pre-recorded actress (Claude De Demo). Then there’s Barrie Kosky’s staging, which treats the opera as an epic vaudeville, perhaps imagined by Carmen herself, because she seems as much master of ceremonies as tragic heroine.
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