The Snow Child (Bloody Chamber Opera)
By Jane Berg | Published on Sunday 28 August 2016
This new opera is gorgeously gothic, a sliver of winter nostalgia in the midst of all the summer madness. I think Bloody Chamber Opera chose their material well – the idea of seeing Angela Carter’s macabre short story set to music was hard to resist; especially because it’s such a short story, barely 500 words. The opera managed to reach its advertised 30 minutes with a little help from Tennyson, whose poem ‘The Deserted House’ forms the prologue of the show. This worked well; the aria was enchanting and set a ghostly scene for Carter’s fairy tale. And, though the whole felt a little staid, the harmonies in the opening words, “Midwinter – invincible, immaculate,” will give you goosebumps.
Paradise in Augustines, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jane Berg]