New exciting project confirmed for September 2016 - more to follow as soon as I can.
I'm attaching below some short and very entertaining clips produced by Fiona Campbell, our fantastic Siebel in Perth. These illustrate the process involved in putting on a show like Faust - who said opera was high brow! Enjoy.
Intermezzo on the front cover of Opera magazine this month! With the gorgeous, intelligent and super talented Mary Dunleavy. Photo Mike Hoban.
This is it, I've finally joined the Twitter community!
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Most of the reviews are now in and delighted with the response - always exciting when a vision resonates with public and critics alike.
Guardian - 4* "profoundly humane vision of Strauss's autobiographical opera" "Bruno Ravella’s production boasts practically perfect performances from Mary Dunleavy and Mark Stone as the tempestuous Mr and Mrs Storch, and Jac van Steen conducts with sensitivity" "Bruno Ravella's production for Garsington Opera is among the most touching and effective to date." - TheGuardian
The independent - 5* "serenely accomplished" "there's no weak link in this delightful production" http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/reviews/intermezzo-garsington-opera-wormsley-bucks-serenely-accomplished-10313479.html
FT - 4* "Bruno Ravella’s staging brought breeziness and a superb cast to the comedy based on Strauss’s marriage" http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2779f02e-0dd8-11e5-9a65-00144feabdc0.html
The Times - "...it's boosted by an intelligently understated staging by Bruno Ravella with clean 1920s designs by Giles Cadle (top marks for staging the tobogganing scene without calamity). Ravella’s show deals in small gestures rather than grand theatrics; the moment when Christine realises that the Baron is simply using her for access to “the Master” is quietly devastating."
Opera News - "Ravella’s direction was unfailingly sharp and witty." OperaNews
Bachtrack - 4* "Every aspect of Bruno Ravella’s period (i.e. 1920s) production for Garsington Opera is pin-sharp in its attention to detail." "Stagecraft is superb throughout." "...the score is remarkable for being closely knit with the dialogue, continually changing in response to the mood and speech pattern of every sentence: van Steen, Ravella and their cast followed this closeness utterly faithfully." "By the end of the opera, it totally won me over as a true-to-life portrait of enduring love, with all its trials, tribulations, comfort and joy." http://bachtrack.com/review-richard-strauss-intermezzo-garsington-opera-june-2015
MusicOMH - 4.5* "Richard Strauss’ “Bourgeois comedy with musical interludes” has never been a staple of the repertoire in the same way as most of his other operas, but Bruno Ravella’s beautiful production for Garsington Opera, with inspired musical direction from Jac van Steen, shows that it can be as engaging as any of the composer’s better known works." http://www.musicomh.com/classical/reviews-classical/intermezzo-garsington-opera-wormsley
The stage - 4* "Richard Strauss’s domestic comedy is a hit for Garsington in Bruno Ravella’s staging and in Andrew Porter’s English translation" TheStage
Photo ©Mike Hoban
Back in Switzerland and Moutier after 2 years since our Giulio Cesare. Stand'été is a summer festival taking place every other year in the 110 year old shooting stand of this Jura town. It always opens with opera, followed by a wide range of music and styles - this year Dee Dee Bridgewater and Michel Jonasz are invited, amongst Fado singers or rap groups.
The space is really quite magical, with incredible acoustics. And it's nice to be reunited with a large part of the creative team on Cesare, with Facundo Agudin conducting and Leandro Suarez on video creation.
Rehearsal time is concentrated here, which means 3 session days and full commitment from all involved. Lunch and dinner are served on communal tables after rehearsals, and we all get to spend time together socially as well as on stage.
I'm delighted to be reunited with Violetta Valery, my first opera love and a big reason I became obsessed with the artform. I directed Traviata for Iford a couple of years ago but I've gone for a very different approach here - Violetta is a silent movie star at the height of her career just before the advent of talkies. The whole opera takes place in a film studio which works very well in the Stand - pictures to follow.
Delighted also to be getting fantastic feedback from Intermezzo - I do miss the team, and more on that very soon!
Excellent first night last night - very well received. Mary Dunleavy smashing as Christine and a dream cast around her. I couldn't be happier.
Photo - Gerard Collett
Intermezzo dress rehearsal last night - great evening, blessed with fantastic weather. The public reception was fantastic and there is enough that went wrong, so to speak, to fix before we open on Saturday. Mary Dunleavy is a knock out, and the rest of the cast is amazing too, so how lucky am I! Onwards to Saturday!