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Amadis De Gaule @ Bloomsbury Theatre

Once again we had the privilege of attending a University College Opera production, this time J.C. Bach’s Amadis De Gaule, at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

We have seen them at work before with Acante et Cephise (Rameau), a colourful work which became known as the ‘pink opera’ due to their stunning costumes (see a photo here).  This time, set in what appears to be a dark post-apocolyptic world the colours are dark, grey and torn: a ‘brown opera’.   This complex story of love, loss, revenge and redemption was performed with power and emotional energy by the four leads (see below).  The University College Chorus did a beautiful job adding stage movement with a warm eery sound, a timbre that was quite mesmerising.  Charles Peebles did a fine job as MD with a large and conscientious orchestra.

Thanks UC Opera for a great night.  Full details below.

-BF

Amadis De Gaule (An opera in three acts), Bloomsbury Theatre London, March 28th 2015, 19:30

Amadis: Lawrence Olsworth-Peter
Arcabonne: Katherine Blumenthal
Arcalaues: Nicholas Morris
Oriane: Alice Privett
Producers: Nick Randall & Gemma Charlton
Director: Jack Furness
Music Director/Conduction: Charles Peebles
(Photo: Dante Kim)
For full list please go to www.ucopera.co.uk