All this requires is a one word review ; Glorious.
A fabulous evening started with dinner at the Royal Opera House’s Paul Hamlyn Balconies Restaurant. Superb service and delicious food.
Then into the spectacular theatre that is the Royal Opera House, for this charming and beautiful opera. Set in the 1920’s, there is something so stylish and glamorous about that period. I genuinely think I was born in the wrong era sometimes. As the curtains parted for Act 3, the audience literally gasped at the stunning set.
Puccini’s score is a delight and Ermonela Jaho as Magda was a performance I was so glad to have witnessed. The hairs on the back of my neck literally stood up when she sang on occasions. A breathtaking performance.
The closing moments were so moving as the etheral Magda left Ruggero. It’s an understated opera with an undercurrent of powerful romance and that makes it all the more special.
As I said at the beginning, one word describes this night at the theatre for me; Glorious.
STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★