Music and Vision homepage Music and Vision - Let us know what you think ... write to the Editor

 

Ensemble

What was the Problem?

John Fulljames' visually engaging production of
Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Snow Maiden'
at Opera North, reviewed by MIKE WHEELER

 

Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden is based, via a play by Alexander Ostrovsky, on the Russian myth of springtime and rebirth embodied in the tale of Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden herself), the daughter of Frost and Spring, who is drawn to the warmth of human love only to be destroyed by it.

John Fulljames' visually engaging production for Opera North (Theatre Royal, Nottingham, UK, 24 March 2017) echoed the story's interlacing of the every-day and mythological worlds, with computer graphics projecting frost patterns and other nature images onto a front-of-stage gauze between scenes, and folk-customs spilling into the clothing factory setting. (We've seen those sewing machines before, haven't we.)

Copyright © 6 April 2017 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

-------

NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

RUSSIA

YVONNE HOWARD

OPERA NORTH

NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL

NOTTINGHAM

ENGLAND

 << M&V home       Concert reviews        Idomeneo >>

 

Cadenza Programme Note Library - Programme Notes by Mike Wheeler