Rewriting Rimsky: Daniel Kramer directs a dismal Sadko in Ghent

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko **

Opera Vlaanderen, Ghent, 20th June 2017

Opera is capable of great ironic timing. On Monday, the hapless David Davis trooped into Brussels to begin Brexit negotiations with the European Union. The next day, half an hour northwest in Ghent, the enterprising Opera Vlaanderen unveiled its new production of Sadko, whose hero yearns to widen the narrow minds of the citizens of Novgorod and open up trade with their neighbours. Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera has some toothsome musical moments within its seven tableaux, but is rarely performed outside Russia. Sadly, I doubt that Daniel Kramer’s dismal staging will win it many new friends.

Zurab Zurabishvili (Sadko)
© Annemie Augustijns

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