The Independent Recommends: Classical
Tuesday 03 November 1998
Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 7.30pm
Punch and Judy, the seminal chamber opera by Sir Harrison Birtwistle (below), became a cause celebre when it first burst on to the scene 30 years ago. At the Aldeburgh premiere, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears apparently walked out long before the end. By turns violent, lyrical, impassioned and anarchic, Punch and Judy is however a true modern classic. This new touring production by Music Theatre Wales does it proud, with energetic singing and the MTW ensemble adding masterly accompaniment.
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