Your chance to hear Berthold Goldschmidt’s Beatrice Cenci

British opera houses won’t put it on.

But we’ve got the broadcast from Bregenz.

Click here  (starts at 19.35).

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  • I was there on Wednesday, and was very satisfied. The production was good. Of course some Regietheater stupidty (people in renaissance costumes sporting modern pistols), Tosca act 3 played on a wind-up gramophone before the music of act 3 proper started, but the opera worked very well both musically and dramatically, and is well worth staging. It is a compact opera, about two hours of running time (excluding the interval), which should make it even more attractive to modern opera houses.

    Gal james was masterly dramatically, but a bit shrill to my taste. The best performer in my opinion was Christoph Pohl as Francesco Cenci – probably the least likable villain in all opera. Pohl played him very slickly, and sang beautifully, which made him even more evil.

  • Well I do not agree – do not see the opera go on to many houses. The critics have been ap. 70% not so enchanted. I was there too. The libretto and music quite boring. Though I guess that Mr. Debus should have got out more of the score.

    • It is one of those stories where the opera will appear understated. Like English Jacobean drama based on Italian events, usually far more extreme than anything on stage.

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