Thursday, February 13, 2014
Nicole Cabell in the Poulenc Gloria
The Philharmonia Chorus was in tremendous voice and the sound in many places was truly overwhelming. Charles Dutoit was a complete master of this piece and his forces - the RPO played magnificently. Nicole was as so often really transcendent, getting deeply into the music and raising the performance to yet another level, higher and deeper. The soloist pleads, meditates, disconcerts - although a much longer role it reminds me a bit of the Mater Gloriosa in Mahler 8.
Rigoletto at the ENO starting today. Alyson is starring in La Boheme at the Albert Hall but this doesn't open for a couple of weeks so we were all able to go out for a drink and a bite to eat.
The concert last night was broadcast live so you can hear it on BBC iPlayer here. Meanwhile, do go to hear Alyson and Quinn. Nicole will be back in the UK in March and April for concerts. Come on Covent Garden - book her for opera!