Prom 3 - Debussy - Pelleas et Melisande
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16 July 2012
BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall
When I interviewed him a few years ago, John Eliot Gardiner told me that he sees the future of opera as “beyond the proscenium arch,” with concert performances becoming a more frequent and richly-rewarding contribution to the art form. That’s not surprising perhaps from a conductor more often associated with the concert hall than the stage and the BBC Proms has given us some fine opportunities to see him putting it into practise. Last year’s Der Freischütz, in French with recitatives by Berlioz, was a fascinating and uplifting experience and Gardiner returned this year, with his Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique for a further semi-staging that placed one of the programme’s highlights in the first weekend of the season.
If there are advantages to seeing operas in concert, they do of course benefit from having been previously performed in ...
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