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The Metamorphosis (The Royal Opera)

The Metamorphosis (The Royal Opera)

Edward Watson (Gregor Samsa); Laura Day (Grete Samsa); Nina Goldman (Mrs Samsa); Neil Reynolds (Mr Samsa); Bettina Carpi (Maid/Coffee Lady); Greig Cooke (Dream Figure/Bearded Man); Amir Giles (Clerk/Dream Figure/Bearded Man/Train Conductor/Dream Figure); Arthur Pita (Choreography/Director); Frank Moon (Music); Simon Daw (Designs);

"It is the remarkable quality of Edward Watson as a dancer that he can convey, with subtlest yet most penetrating effects, the inner life of those characters whom he portrays on stage. I have been fortunate to see every great male dancer of my time: such stars of the Ballets Russes as Massine, Lifar and Dolin, and leading danseurs of the companies in St Petersburg and Moscow and of western ballet during the past half century. None, with the exception of Nicolas Le Riche, has rivalled Watson in the ability to strip character of its externals and find the real man beneath the emotional subterfuges and the caparisons of social manners." (The Financial Times)

The Royal Opera Collection

The Royal Opera Collection

Renée Fleming (Violetta Valéry (La Traviata)); Jonas Kaufmann (Don José (Carmen)); Diana Damrau (Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte)); Simon Keenlyside (Papageno (Die Zauberflöte); Macbeth (Macbeth)); Anna Caterina Antonacci (Carmen (Carmen)); Joseph Calleja (Alfredo Germont (La Traviata)); Dorothea Röschmann (Pamina (Die Zauberflöte)); Mariusz Kwiecien (Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni); Król Roger (Król Roger)); Angela Denoke (Kundry (Parsifal)); René Pape (Gurnemanz (Parsifal)); Eva-Maria Westbroek (Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana); Giorgetta (Il tabarro)); Aleksandrs Antonenko (Turiddu/Canio (Cavalleria Rusticana; I Pagliacci); Luigi (Il tabarro));

"This production’s slow journey from darkness into the light…works well on the small screen, not least thanks to high-definition camera work and Sue Judd’s inspired direction for television. The real magic, though, is supplied by the onstage cast...In Dorothea Röschmann’s hands, Pamina emerges not so much a powerless victim of Fate but more as a passionate woman prepared to suffer in the nameof love. Her natural command of the stage is sagely employed by McVicar...Diana Damrau’s supremely sung Queen of the Night oozes class, while Simon Keenlyside’s profoundly human, touchingly sympathetic view of Papageno deserves an Olivier Award." (Die Zauberflöte - Classic FM)

The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company)

The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Simon Russell Beale (Prospero); Joe Dixon (Caliban); Mark Quartley (Ariel); Jenny Rainsford (Miranda); Simon Trinder (Trinculo); Tony Jayawardena (Stephano); Oscar Pearce (Antonio); Joseph Mydell (Gonzalo);

"Simon Russell Beale’s return to the Royal Shakespeare Company after 20 years has been overshadowed by excitement about the production’s use of digital technology. While the effects are innovative, for me the kaleidoscopic visual spectacle pales besides the show’s human values and its moving affirmation of forgiveness." (The Guardian ★★★★)

Three Ballets by Kenneth MacMillan (The Royal Ballet)

Three Ballets by Kenneth MacMillan (The Royal Ballet)

"There has never been a choreographer that I can think of who could produce three such contrasting works, and you sit watching in wonderment at the fertile imaginings of his mind." (The Daily Telegraph)

Three Ballets by Wayne McGregor (The Royal Ballet)

Three Ballets by Wayne McGregor (The Royal Ballet)

"Wayne McGregor's Infra: sumptuous beauty and shimmering possibility." (The Daily Telegraph)