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Performer: Kieran Rayner

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Britten's recurring Dream at the Royal College of Music

George Longworth (Puck) and Timothy Morgan (Oberon) © Chris Christodoulou
Timothy Edlin was a superb ass, first among six equals, in Liam Steel's production. 
***11
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Woodland Tales: Vixen at the RCM

Harriet Eyley (Vixen) © Chris Christodoulou
The Royal College of Music's first opera of the season, The Cunning Little Vixen has some excellent singing and first-class playing from the student orchestra.
***11
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Poulenc and Chabrier get an eccentric outing

Harriet Eyley (Therese) © Chris Christodoulou
Stephen Unwin's straight direction and some talented young singers from the Royal Academy of Music Opera school made these two works a real treat. 
***11
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Eccentric circles: a youthful take from BYO

Polly Leech (The Countess of Desmond) and Matthew Buswell (Thomas Parr) © Clive Barda
British Youth Opera revives a forgotten operatic entertainment from the 1960s with flair and professionalism.
****1
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A visually stunning Madama Butterfly from New Zealand Opera

Antoinette Halloran (Cio-Cio San), Piero Pretti (Pinkerton)  ©  Neil Mackenzie
Sometimes in a performance there is a moment when everything just comes together; when every element on stage is operating at such a high level that the performance transcends these elements and causes one to become so immersed in the proceedings that you forget you’re at a performance at all.
*****
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