Archives for January 2019

4 Star Review in the Telegraph for Alcina

Joanna Lumley narrates Alcina at St John’s Smith Square, pictured her with soprano Rebbecca Bottone
(Photo: Nick Rutter)

 

Thanks to Ivan Hewett who gave our sold-out performance of Handel Alcina a 4**** review in the Telegraph:

“Regular readers of my reviews may have noticed a degree of impatience in the matter of baroque opera. I apologise, but all its convoluted plots inhabited by psychologically implausible characters, all its adherence to a rigid code of hierarchy and formality, all its sheer prolixity, are deadening weights on the beauties of the music and can make a performance seem a long tedious grind rather than a delicious sensual pleasure.

So I was well disposed towards conductor David Bates’s decision to present a semi-staging of Handel’s Alcina that eliminated one pointless subsidiary character and replaced the harpsichord-accompanied recitative that drives the narrative forward with a spoken narration, written by June Chichester and declaimed with elegance, wit and panache by no less a personage than Joanna Lumley.

The success of this experiment was instant. Only the most pedantic of purists could object…..”

 

Read the full review

 

Joanna Lumley to narrate Alcina at SJSS

Star of stage and screen Joanna Lumley will lead LNM’s unique performance of Handel’s Alcina.

For the first time ever, Handel’s masterpiece will be presented with a specially commissioned English script by June Chichester. The magnificent Italian arias will be sung by a wonderful team of soloists lead by Lucy Crowe in the Title Role.  We are delighted to be working with Joanna Lumley and the prolific stage director, John Caird.

The concert is nearly sold out – there are just a few tickets left, so do follow this link to St John’s Smith Square website to snap up the final few seats.