By contrast, Richard Jones's magnificent interpretation of Hansel and Gretel for the same company was not only genuinely thrilling, it was an object lesson in direction. The detail, wit and depth of everyone's work was astonishingly imaginative and absolutely wedded to the piece.
It would be unfair to expect Broomhill Opera to hit the same inspirational levels with The Silver Lake. Despite the best intentions of translator Rory Bremner (above), Kurt Weill's opera/ musical remains a fascinating mess. Musically terrific, thanks to excellent work from conductor Charles Hazlewood, dramatically it is almost a non-starter. Thank God for the hilarious Buffy Davis who picked everything up at the top of Act Two and never let it go. Everyone else looked marooned and helpless as, scene by scene, endless dramatic or comic potential seemed to have eluded the grasp of director Gordon Anderson.
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