17 June 2014 at 11.15pm | 93 Comments
In a nutshell, Prévost's novel is all romantic passion, #ROHlescaut is a garish affair and Puccini's score is somewhere in the middle
— Pink Lady (@impressiondanse) June 17, 2014
By painting ML Act 2 only in primary, sexual colours, we lost many delicate nuances and much of Puccini's genius.
— David Hornby (@DavidHornbyUK) June 17, 2014
I'm going out on a limb and stating that Kent's 'controversial' production is both effective and shatteringly moving #ROHlescaut
— SEBASTIAN PETIT (@CURZONPRODUCT) June 17, 2014
Wonderful score, band and singers carried me through 2nd 1/2, but sets got sillier. A boat, a plane fine, but a poster???
— RozS (@ExmoorRoz) June 17, 2014
— Miranda Morad (@mimoblade) June 17, 2014
WOW. Just wow. Never ever heard Kaufmann in finer voice. The garishness of act 2 striking #ROHlescaut
— Leeann Chen (@Leeann_Ch) June 17, 2014
Fussy, self-conscious staging of #ROHLescaut redeemed by a spectacular last act of real passion.
— Attila (@attilalondon) June 17, 2014
Anna Nicole met a Japanese manga and moved to Miami! #rohlescaut
— Sebastian (@Sebastian_G_A) June 17, 2014
More seriously, act II of #ROHLescaut is the most disgustingly sexist and misogynistic thing I've seen. I felt physically sick watching it.
— Margaret B (@MMB_1990) June 17, 2014
Excellent booing from all area for softporn production, but excellent cast & orchestra nearly managed to transcend the setting #ROHLescaut
— sandra (@bicoated) June 17, 2014
— Ed Beveridge (@dredbeveridge) June 17, 2014
Opolais in act 4 was worth the wait! Great! #ROHLescaut
— Fedja Hadrovich (@Hadrovich) June 17, 2014
Singing was sensational from both leads, orchestra on fine form. Act2 a bit exploitative but not worthy of boos IMHO. #ROHLescaut
— Sarah Rogers (@tractorgirlie) June 17, 2014
Anybody who is shocked by this production needs to go to the theatre occasionally. Or opera in Germany. #ROHlescaut
— Jamie Henderson (@jsdhenderson) June 17, 2014
Yes, production team booed. Why? Maybe major sightline problems stage left and unclear dramatic logic to acts 3 & 4? #ROHLescaut
— Edward George (@Edward_George_) June 17, 2014
Never mind the begrudgers. Terrific production #ROHlescaut
— mike whyte (@btnrunner) June 17, 2014
Manon Lescaut runs 17 June–7 July 2014. Limited numbers of tickets are still available.
The production is generously supported by Rolex, with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Lord and Lady Laidlaw, Mrs Philip Kan, Marina Kulishova, Mrs Trevor Swete, Quentin Holland, Mercedes T. Bass, Bruce Kovner, the American Friends of Covent Garden and The Manon Lescaut Production Syndicate.
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