Shorn of excess exoticism: Ailyn Bozok’s Lakmé at Holland Park

Delibes: Lakmé ***

Opera Holland Park, 9th July 2015

Ailyn Bozok is used to working on limited means. Her Grimeborn Werther last summer – done with a piano, a handful of singers and a few drapes – was a model of minimalism yet still landed its emotional punches. It comes as no surprise that on moving to the wide Holland Park stage for another French opera, Bozok directs a deliberately spare Lakmé which, for the most part, works well. Shorn of excess exoticism, the action focuses on designer Morgan Large’s compact and bijou temple, a beautiful construction with giant lotus petal sliding doors of filigree latticework.

Fflur Wyn (Lakmé) and Katie Bray (Mallika) © Robert Workman

Fflur Wyn (Lakmé) and Katie Bray (Mallika)
© Robert Workman

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