I’m now back in London and what better way to toast my return than with a glass of bubbly during the intermission of a terrific matinee performance enjoyed from the orchestra stalls of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
The performance was Kenneth MacMillan’s highly acclaimed ballet Manon which has an intriguingly scandalous story but with a tragic end.
A few months prior I’d seen the opera performance of Manon (also at the Royal Opera House) and absolutely fell in love so I was excited to see how the opera and ballet performances differed when it came to dealing with the same story. Both performances were enchanting with spectacular costumes, props, sets, vocals (opera), and dancing (ballet). The music differed completely between the two performances as instead of relying on Massenet or Puccini’s score of Manon Lescaut, MacMillan used lesser-known music by Massenet.
After a performance I leaving feeling as if I’m on cloud nine and as graceful as the prima ballerina. The last performance is on November 1st so hurry up and catch it before it ends as its definitely worthwhile.