A week or two ago we asked you for your reviews of our Fairy Queen prom. I’ll be honest – we weren’t exactly indundated! But we did recieve the one below – thank you! If anyone else has comments or reviews you can comment here or email us.
I thought the OAE were impeccable, and the Carolyn Sampson plaint as perfect a collaboration as one gets. This, and some of the other songs saved the evening.
But the production had a spineless and somewhat aimless feel – it seemed over-liberal as a guise for not really having its visionary feet on the ground. Neither was it out and out “Music Hall”: it was too prissy for that.
I think it sadly betrayed a Mark Morris’s influence (consciously or unconsciously I don’t know) (as in King Arthur) which it failed to pull off by being merely a poor and rather messy imitation of his great style.
The bunny costume scene was really appalling. The applause it raised just sycophancy or bemusement at best.*
But we were overall very glad we went, Thank you!
*Editors note : Not from me – I was in tears – of laughter!