Monday, January 28, 2002

The Valkyrie, Coliseum, London - saw this yesterday. This review in the Independent is a bit carping, but it's spot on about Kathleen Broderick's cat-like, leather-clad Brünnhilde fizzing with energy.... Broderick's battle cries were fearless, her feistiness just what Wagner envisaged.

It was a really enjoyable afternoon, with an exciting sense of occasion. The Wagner nimrods were out in force, hanging on every note. The music was fantastic - a stunning sound from the orchestra - especially the last half hour with Wotan's heartmelting farewell to Brünnhilde.

Extra brownie points to Fiona who, though new to Wagner, sat patiently through the whole 5 hours without fidgeting or grumbling, and gave a
passable impression of enjoying herself.

I can't wait for the full production of the ENO Ring in 2004.

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