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Opens: 17/09/2012 Closes: 03/10/2012 ENO, The London ColiseumBhuslav Martinu's under-performed opera is the second in director Richard Jones's five-production residency at Sadler's Wells. World War II cast a shadow over Martinu's work, exiled as he was for his links with the Czech resistance, and Julietta's ‘Central Office of Dreams' seems entirely Nineteen-Eighty Four. Swedish soprano Julia Sorsen takes the title role.
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The Telegraph“Fundamentally unengaging...” There’s only one problem with this highly imaginative production and musically immaculate performance of Martinu’s Julietta, but unfortunately it is a crippling one. The opera itself is really not very good...
The Arts Desk“Masterly, and disconcerting to the last...” There have been quite a few special pleadings for Julietta in recent years... this is the one which ought to restore the opera to its rightful place at the centre of the 20th century operatic repertoire...
Evening Standard“Expressive and detailed...” Though attractive enough, the work may not quite deserve the status of masterpiece accorded it by its admirers, but Jones’s imagination deepens its resonances...
Guardian“As crisp as if it were newly minted...” As the music ricochets from one style to the next in a freely associating way, it matches the loose dramatic structure of the opera perfectly, conjuring up a world in which nothing is certain and everything is provisional...
Financial Times“Brought to life with breathtaking flair...” An evening’s worth of operatic recitative hatched in the artistic free-for-all that was 1930s Paris and forever condemned to sit on the edge of the repertoire...
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