Sell-out success for Royal Academy Opera at Hackney Empire

-Posted on 15.02.2017

Royal Academy Opera’s four-night run of Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers ended on 6th February, with a sold-out final night and enthusiastic reviews.

Owen Davies of Plays To See, an international theatre review website, described the show as ‘an evening to remind us why opera at its simple best can be so superb’, and Mark Pullinger of Bachtrack wrote, ‘I haven't had as much fun at a show for ages.’

Members of the audience also gave positive responses. Susan Bullock, Marjorie Thomas Visiting Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy, tweeted: ‘Fantastic night at Hackney Empire! Bravi!!’ and Richard Lewis Jones commented, ‘Excellent performance of Orphée this evening. Great production and high standard of singing.’

Two casts alternated over the four nights, directed by Martin Duncan, who has worked with companies including Opera North, Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne Festival. Choreographer Steve Elias, who can currently be seen in the BBC Two series Our Dancing Town, worked intensively with students on dance numbers including the can-can and Gareth Hancock, Director of Opera, conducted.

Royal Academy Opera’s next production will be Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera at Shoreditch Town Hall from 15–17 June 2017. Book here.


© Robert Workman

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