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Stuart Sweeney

28-10-99, 02:14 PM (GMT)
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   Looking idly through the RB period 1 booklet again. It struck me that there wasn't really much ballet. A count showed that there were 32 opera performances and 26 ballet, which is rough parity. Then the penny dropped, 15 of those 26 are 'Nutcrackers'.

Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against the work. I enjoyed the AMP version a lot (alright I know it's not really ballet) and I enjoyed the ENB version last year, but it might have been because I saw it with the most beautiful dance critic in London. However, it does strike me as unadventurous programming, when stage space is a scarce resource to show a work that so many have seen before and when there is another top company doing evening and matinee peformances at the same time. In addition, you could probably put on Mr W****** W*** (coded in case they have forgotten they have it in the rep. - I wouldn't want to remind them) and fill the place every evening in this opening period.

11 non-Nutcrackers in a 9 week booking period at the opening of the new complex is meagre rations in my view. Lucky old opera lovers, who get 'Falstaff', Le Grand Macabre' and 'Gawain' in the same Christmas period. Can't we organise some Christmas opera, so that opera lovers have to suffer as well?

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  RE: Nut-crackers alison 28-10-99 1
  RE: Nut-crackers eugene 28-10-99 2
     RE: Nut-crackers Anneliese 28-10-99 3

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28-10-99, 05:24 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Nut-crackers"
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   Well, yes, meagre rations certainly, but on the other hand I don't think the RB Nutcracker has been on display for about 5 or 6 years, so you can't accuse them of overdoing it. After all, the RB have gone through all their other "Christmassy" ballets in the last few years. And we *did* have two different productions last year which both seemed to sell okay. What concerns me is what, if I remember correctly, seems to be a very large number of Manons (yet again!) later in the season.

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28-10-99, 06:15 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Nut-crackers"
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   I think that there will be more ballet productions of ballet then opera. There is no opera productions past April I think.

I should note that the cheapest unrestricted opera tikets (back of ampthitheatre is 30) Most tickets are 50 in the Ampthitheatre.

I think that the Nutcracker pays for the triple bill performance. Just like business class air fares on aircraft make it possible for cheap economy tickets for tourists.

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28-10-99, 09:22 PM (GMT)
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   Stuart, just to even things up I'm told that in Prague and Vienna they are forced to watch "Fledermaus" every festive season, with maybe a Rosenkavalier now and again. Personally speaking, I could stand that quite easily.... but then I love "Nutcracker" too! (I just love Christmas, actually....)

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