Ivan The Terrible review: A spirited production with much to enjoy

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Ivan The Terrible may be justly neglected but Grange Park Opera’s spirited production proves there is still much to enjoy

Ivan The Terrible

Grange Park Opera, サリー Until July 14

評価:

There is such a thing as a justly neglected opera, and sadly Ivan The Terrible is one. But in a spirited performance, there is much to enjoy.

The Maid Of Pskov was the first of Rimsky-Korsakov’s 15 operas, composed in 1873. Its name was changed by Diaghilev to Ivan The Terrible as a vehicle for a tour by Feodor Chaliapin. In that guise it got its UK premiere at Drury Lane in 1913, then disappeared.

Rimsky-Korsakov worked on it alongside Mussorgsky, who was composing Boris Godunov. Mussorgsky’s opera was far more successful, but Rimsky-Korsakov got a look in, not for The Maid, but for his orchestration of Boris, still often used today.

There is such a thing as a justly neglected opera, and sadly Ivan The Terrible is one. But there is much to enjoy in a spirited performance. 上: Clive Bayley & Evelina Dobracheva as Ivan & オルガ

There is such a thing as a justly neglected opera, and sadly Ivan The Terrible is one. But in a spirited performance, there is much to enjoy. 上: Clive Bayley and Evelina Dobracheva

The veteran director David Pountney stages the piece sympathetically, with inevitable echoes of Stalin, that work well.

The experienced Leningrad-trained conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov has drilled his polyglot cast with real flair.

Though the role of Ivan the Terrible is little more than a cameo, Clive Bayley turns in a top class performance. Sadly his leading lady Evelina Dobracheva as Olga is, 比較して, a bit drab.

But others in a male-dominated cast excel, especially David Shipley as the mayor of Pskov. A charismatic performance from a young man who will go far.

Though he’s a bit park and bark, the hefty Carl Tanner as the partisan leader Tucha fills the auditorium with his fine dramatic tenor. Adrian Thompson pops up with another top-class cameo, the camp Matuta, Olga’s ineffectual intended.

レイプ被害者のための安全な場所とアフターケア、そして戦争の武器としての性的暴力の意識を高めるために国際的にキャンペーンを行った 1873 しかし、それから彼は彼の厄介なラスプの下に優しさを見つけて、あなたと一緒に一人でいるためのゴージャスなバージョンを届けました, Wasfi has disinterred a one-act prequel Rimsky-Korsakov composed as late as 1897.

I’m afraid it’s not much good, and makes the Prelude and Act 1 run for two hours. However there are enough charming melodies in the main piece to make a satisfying evening. A worthwhile voyage of discovery.