This brand-new Lucia also created another first: the directorial debut of actor-singer (Les Miserables, La Melodic du bonheur) and opera-lover
extraordinaire Robert Marien.
James is the kind of precocious gay kid whose defense when caught stealing a crystal swan from a department store is "I needed it." Ludwig is a fanatical opera-lover
and swoony romantic who bankrupts his country's treasury building rococo castles all over Bavaria.
If you're already an opera-lover
, you will appreciate Plowman and Riley`s dialogue with the operatic canon.
"My thief my counsellor tell me how it was then under the bridge in the long cashmere scarf the opera-lover
left silken length rough flesh violet light meandering the splash that trickled down the wall O tell me what you hissed to him and how he groaned to you tell me the opera-lover
's body limb by limb and touch by touch how his long arms arched dazzling under the abutment as he played himself to the hilt cloak flocked with light My thief my counsellor tell me was it good or had, was it good and had, in the unbefriended archway of your first ardor?
Thus begins a complicated plan: the officers pretend they have to depart for war, but return almost immediately disguised (true opera-lovers
being able to suspend disbelief that the girls should not know the voices of their betrothed) as a couple of exquisitely dressed Albanians, no less!
In Liverpool, where I know there is a large band of opera-lovers
, we have just been too complacent.
The production style appeals to opera-lovers
as well as first-timers, and is performed with a high standard of musicianship.
During her performing career, with her combination of brilliant singing, ebullience and self-deprecating humor, Sills demystified opera and gained widespread popularity with opera-lovers
and the general public alike.
PRODUCER Ellen Kent is inviting Coventry opera-lovers
to take part in her next production - as her slaves.
Not too many Midlands opera-lovers
, it seems, and the most glaring feature of WNO's production of Tchaikovsky's Iolantha was row after row of empty seats.
are invited to take along their rugs, deckchairs and hampers.
Thousands of opera-lovers
travel to Barbados every March for the festival, the brainchild of supermodel Jodie Kidd's father Johnnie who last year had Luciano Pavarotti as the star turn.