The Independent London Newspaper
23rd February 2017

CLASSICAL AND JAZZ: You can’t beat a bit of bully

    Sir John Tomlinson as The Minotaur

    Sir John Tomlinson as The Minotaur. Picture: Bill Cooper

    Published: 10 January, 2013
    by SEBASTIAN TAYLOR

    THE Royal Opera House is opening its 2013 winter season of operas with a revival of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur next Thursday.

    Formidable bass Sir John Tomlinson is the Minotaur with a human side, trapped in the labyrinth where he goes with his victims. During dreams, he acquires language and gives voice to his dark existence in monologues of poignant power.

    The opera gets a short run of only five performances during the remainder of the month. But with seats priced from only £3 to a maximum £65, the staging presents an opportunity to enjoy all the ROH glitziness, on the cheap, if not necessarily the opera itself.

    If Birtwistle is too much for you, perhaps you might prefer Puccini’s tear-jerker La Boheme. Next Tuesday evening, there’s a live  screening of the ROH’s production of the opera at cinemas including the Apollo, Piccadilly Circus; Curzon Mayfair; Empire Leicester Square; Odeon Swiss Cottage; and Vue Finchley Road.

    Next Tuesday also marks the opening of public booking for the ROH’s spring season. Operas include Mozart’s Magic Flute and Verdi’s Don Carlo. There are also new productions of Rossini’s La Donna Del Lago and Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana.

    • Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD, 020 7304 4000, www.roh.org.uk

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