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Lizbie1
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The highlight for me will be the new Rusalka - primarily because I know loads of people in it, which should perk up my social life next Spring.  But I have known about it for a long time.

 

I wonder if the four-opera Orpheus season will prove a little tiresome by the end? But having said that, I have never seen a professional production of the Offenbach.  Wonder if I can bring myself to brave the Philip Glass.

 

Natalya Romaniw in Butterfly, and Elizabeth Llewellyn in Luisa Miller are also mouthwatering prospects for me.

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Call me conservative but with a limited budget I’ll be skipping the Birtwistle and Glass (I find his operas stupefyingly dull) in favour of the Gluck and Offenbach. I wonder whether they considered the Monteverdi?

 

Other than that, I’ll almost certainly be at Luisa Miller and possibly the Rusalka.

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I'll look forward to the Birtwistle, actually.  I THINK I've seen it before, in a concert at the Royal Festival Hall.  I have seen the Glass before when the ROH did it in the Linbury with a Young Artists cast about 15 years ago, and I remember not hating it... also I know somebody in it so I probably SHOULD go.

 

I've seen two productions of the Monteverdi at ENO since I started attending in the mid-90s.  They haven't done the Gluck since 2001 (the date is emblazoned on my memory as I had a ticket for opening night on September 11th and I remember realizing beforehand that I needed to call my mother and check that she had heard from my uncle!)

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For Orpheus in the Underworld, the choreographer is given as Ella Murfitt. Do they in fact mean Etta Murfitt (as in Matthew Bourne's New Adventures) ?  I noted the designer was Les Brotherston, so it seemed likely.   I can't seem to find an Ella Murfitt choreographer......

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