To Paradise and back: a thrilling Le Roi de Lahore from Chelsea Opera Group

Massenet: Le Roi de Lahore ****

Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1st March 2015

This is what Chelsea Opera Group was put on this earth for! Take an obscure grand opera that Covent Garden wouldn’t touch with a barge pole, prune it ever so slightly, cast it solidly and serve it in concert form to a public eager to lap up French delicacies. For Massenet’s Le Roi de Lahore, however, the casting was truly starry – Michael Spyres, no less, as the King – and the amateur orchestra, under the watchful eye of Renato Balsadonna, was on inspirational form. Together, they presented the strongest case imaginable for this Gallic rarity.

Anush Hovhannisyan © Vigen Mnoyan

Anush Hovhannisyan
© Vigen Mnoyan

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