Louis Pulford

Arts

The Marriage of Figaro “ended any assumption that opera is still exclusive to the upper classes”

For their opening night at Norwich’s Theatre Royal, the English Touring Opera delivered a refreshingly clear interpretation of Mozart’s much-loved opera, The Marriage of Figaro. As someone who was relatively new to the world of opera, I found the performance surprisingly accessible, as well as genuinely funny, at points leading me to laugh aloud. Fortunately,…

Arts

Romeo and Juliet: “that the dancers were not overwhelmed by the music is a testament to their collective talent”

When Sergei Prokofiev set out to compose Romeo and Juliet he did so positively. Having been absent from Russia since 1918, he saw the opportunity to return and compose any ballet or opera that he wished as a triumphant homecoming. Prokofiev’s initial score reflected his joy at being back in homeland; composed over the course…

Music

UEA Choir and Orchestra: Pictures of Russia

The conductor of an orchestra in which I used to play once told me that in order to play Russian music properly, one had to play their instrument ‘coldly’. Needless to say, this is easier said than done. Yet, I think that it is necessary in order to capture the unique character of a Romantic-era…