Blog : First reviews of Madame X in London
Several reviews of MADAME X are in!
First up, A Younger Theatre's review of Madame X describes the cast shining with a refreshing energy, creating a vibrant atmosphere, singling out for praise Jon Stainsby's great comic timing and gorgeous rounded baritone, Taylor Wilson's extremely charismatic and artsy Cruella-de-Vil-ish Lady Brannoch, Laura Sheerin who finds a beautiful balance between innocence and a fesity spiriy as Zerlina, and Tom Morss, whose tenor hits your bones as Masetto's life crumbles. Tim Benjamin's score is also given high praise, beautifully composed with many delicious flavours and shades.
Next up there's Now As I Write's review of Madame X, which highlights the moving violin solo which opens the first act, and the cast from the outset offering a charming rapport and clear characterisation. The review praises the beautiful voices across the board, in particular stunning soprano Laura Sheerin and fantastic baritone Jon Stainsby, and in general the undoubtedly talented ensemble, and concludes: Exquisite when in chorus, inherently melancholy and ultimately soul-bearing, Madame X poses infinitely more questions than it answers.
The traditional press also made an appearance, with the Evening Standard praising an intriguing bit of weirdness and singling out, again, Jon Stainsby's particularly pleasing presence and also the score, highlighting a Passion-like lament with cello obbligato and a choral development of Gregorian chant [which] thrills (link). The Guardian praise MADAME X's strong performances and theatrical flair, and the particularly strong performances of Marc Callahan's dangerous charisma both vocally and physically, Taylor Wilson all hauteur and thrilling low notes and Tom Morss' touchingly naive Masetto. (link)
Watch out for further reviews soon!
After some brilliant rehearsals the world premiere of MADAME X is only days away!
Tim Benjamin, the composer of Madame X, appears on Wes Butters Real Lives on BBC Radio Leeds, to talk about his background and Madame X.
Here's our wonderful "Vanitas"-inspired window display at West Yorkshire's Todmorden Tourist Information Centre.
Spies, caught on camera, have infiltrated the Madame X set, which is currently being assembled at a secret location and has yet to be seen by the public.
Resonance FM's Richard Scott talks to Tim Benjamin and examines the continued influence of Handel on opera composers.
On:Yorkshire feature Tim Benjamin.s new opera, Madame X, which comes to Todmorden and Halifax this August for its world premiere before going on tour.
As part of their "5 questions" interviews, I Care If You Listen speak with Tim Benjamin about his new opera Madame X. Full interview: http://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2014/06/5-questions-tim-benjamin-composer-madame-x/
MADAME X composer Tim Benjamin writes for Sound and Music about the unanswerable question of 'what is art for', and tries to shed some light onto the question of art's purpose. See the article here: http://blog.soundandmusic.org/2014/06/25/tim-benjamin-on-his-new-opera-madame-x/
Some more of Masetto's art, hiding in plain sight, in some of the world's top art galleries. but what does it all mean?
We'll be posting some photos showing some of Masetto's famous paintings, often found in the most unexpected places...