Blog : More Madame X reviews
The reviews for MADAME X continue to pour in! Have you seen the first round-up of reviews?
First in this new batch, here's The Upcoming's review of Madame X by Georgia Mizen, which praises the opera's very modern relevance and subtle humour, and describes the performance as emotively sung, intelligently presented in English and with an undoubtedly talented ensemble, and accurately sums up the plot as a satirical gaze upon the perpetual pennilessness of the artist. Jon Stainsby (Botney) and Laura Sheerin (Zerlina) are singled out for exceptional praise.
Next we have a review of Madame X by Carolin Kopplin for UK Theatre Network. The review picks up on some of the references in Tim Benjamin's score, and praises the singers: the quality of the voices is excellent throughout. Of many musical moments, the reviewer was particularly impressed by the beautiful piece that is sung by the worshippers at the beginning of Act 2, and singles out Taylor Wilson as Lady Brannoch and Marc Callahan as the capitalist Mr Wilmore who almost steal the show. In summary, the review proclaims Madame X an intriguing new opera that is definitely worth seeing.
Next up, we have a review from the world premiere in the Yorkshire as Todmorden News reviews Madame X. Again, the review highlights the opera's satire of the rich, and praises the inventive staging and the assertive voices. The music is praised for being accessible and tuneful, and the review concludes by recommending Madame X as well worth a visit and there's a sting in the tail.
Finally in this round-up we have a review of Madame X by I Care If You Listen. This is the first review to pick up on some of the gender politics lurking beneath the surface of Madame X, and singles out Taylor Wilson for praise, who left the review wishing we had an entire opera about Lady Brannoch, together with Marc Callahan, who immersed the audience in this deliciously skeezy, predatory, slimeball character. Overall the review describes the cast of Madame X as impressive and in excellent voice and the opera overall as enjoyable - especially if you enjoy new opera.
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/
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