<< -- 4 -- Robert Hugill A TERRIFIC EVENING
Lloyd's production was very convincing in the detail of the Carmelite way of life, but for me she did not always evoke a real religious feeling; this was a cool, rather Northern view of Mediterranean monasticism. This means that the ending comes perilously close to over-heated sentimentality -- something which Poulenc would have abhorred.
Catrin Wyn-Davies as Blanche. Photo © 2005 Stephen Vaughan
Under Paul Daniel the orchestra was in fine form and played Poulenc's rich score with relish; too much relish in fact as at times it was rather to powerful for the singers -- a perennial complaint in this house.
Catrin Wyn-Davies. Photo © 2005 Stephen Vaughan
All in all this was a terrific evening which just missed being outstanding.