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Set in 1950s Moscow, Paradise Moscow combines realism and fantasy, romance and villainy, in a brilliant comic satire on corrupt Party officialdom and Soviet urban planning. The score moves from wildly tuneful dance music to lyrical ballads in a hugely enjoyable musical parody of a whole range of styles - from Offenbach to Tchaikovsky, Lehar to rock 'n' roll.
5 June 2009
Elvis Costello remarked that classically-trained singers perform popular songs 'with a comedy hat on' - hinting that they are better than the material.
Opera North perform Shostakovich's light operetta Paradise Moscow (translated and directed by David Pountney) with enthusiasm and commitment to give a stylish, and funny production. The company push what is acceptable in the genre to include dance moves, pop art sets and costumes by Robert Innes Hopkins, with some ad-libs thrown in for good measure.
Nor is historical detail ignored - we are reminded that Soviet citizens were compelled to share accommodation with complete strangers. The orchestra, conducted by James Holmes, is in on the joke; using bells, whistles and football rattles to strike a discordant note when needed.
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