What does this mean?

1 Jul

“On stage, all the characters participate in an intense story consistent with the original Metastasian plot, while simultaneously creating a parallel world, separate from both contemporaneity and history.”

I think this, a quote from the programme note,  might explain why I found the performance of Gluck’s Il trionfo di Clelia at the Linbury on 25th June such a remote, passionless, uninvolving evening.  Maybe I shouldn’t complain about David McVicar too much.  Mary-Ellen Nesi, as Orazio, struck me as a  mezzo to watch, however.

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