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Your Reaction: What did you think of Cave?

Audience responses and press reviews following the world premiere of Tansy Davies's new opera with London Sinfonietta at Printworks.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

21 June 2018 at 5.03pm | 4 Comments

Press reviews:

Telegraph ★★★★
Times ★★★★
The Stage ★★★★
Guardian ★★★

What did you think of Cave?
Add your thoughts in the comments below.

Cave runs at Printworks until 23 June 2018. Tickets are still available.

It is produced by the London Sinfonietta in association with The Royal Opera House Commission supported by The Britten Pears Foundation

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

21 June 2018 at 5.03pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Lucy Bailey, Cave, Production, review, your reaction

This article has 4 comments

  1. Dianne Young responded on 22 June 2018 at 10:18am Reply

    The singing was sublime and to be able to be inches away from it was very special. Printworks provided such an appropriate setting for the subject; it was just a pity that the thumping music from the nearby fairground could be heard in the background.

  2. Strange, poetic, great, mysterious, rich, leaves an impression long afterwards, unheard unearth subterranean music,
    unreal but ample orchestra,
    violent singers, lights, electronics
    mise en scène you can touch,
    hidden...
    cave!

  3. Richard Whitaker responded on 24 June 2018 at 11:53am Reply

    I am from South Africa, and a (very) intermittent operagoer, put off by the standard repertoire on offer in Cape Town - La Boheme etc etc. I like new and original artistic work. I found Cave exciting, very moving, haunting, thought-provoking. The whole was perfectly performed and made brilliant use of the highly unusual venue. My only criticism : I would have preferred that Drake's otherwise fine script had remained throughout in the poetic-mythic mode he used so effectively, without the overly didactic section in Part 5, "Tree of Shadows". But in sum a wonderful experience that will remain long in my memory.

  4. Peter Martindale responded on 27 June 2018 at 6:06pm Reply

    I liked it very much. The band was strong and there was some amazing singing. A bravura performance from Mark Padmore, but: is it an opera or a song cycle? Re-orchestrating it for the concert hall might give it a longer life than in the opera house. For me, it lacked the dramatic tension between characters which lies at the heart of opera. I think Cave is better suited to the style of a song cycle, which is well-adapted to personal internal drama and would also reach a wider audience.

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