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The Chisinau National Opera has been touring Britain, and more recently
Ireland, since l993, drawing increasing audiences as their reputation has
spread thanks to that pioneer of East European companies, Ellen Kent's Opera
and Ballet International. They perform a particular service by visiting
not just major venues but a host of smaller cities and towns not regularly
served by opera companies. The Arts Council should be grateful.
Despite some bold early risktaking -- Nabucco, Samson and Delila,
Ballo in Maschera, Norma -- their recent repertoire has tended
towards the safe: in the wake of a workaday Traviata and beautifully
staged, particularly moving Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, Tosca
and The Marriage of Figaro and Aida were their offerings for
the millennium year.
Their latest import is bolder -- that most gripping of double bills, Pietro
Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci,
first seen here in l996. Both being nail-biting murder stories, one
problem is to sustain the tension throughout both halves, without a falling
off midway through either, or the chill of one somehow diminishing the impact
of the other.
Copyright © 10 February 2001
Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK
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