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Performer: Lauren Zolezzi

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High WycombeThe Skating RinkWorld Première

Alice Poggio (Skater) © Johan Persson
Sawer: The Skating Rink
Garry Walker; Stewart Laing; Garsington Opera Company; Hyemi Shin; Malcolm Rippeth; Grant Doyle
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The Skating Rink: Shivers up and down the spine

Alice Poggio (Skater) © Johan Persson
Tough, thrilling, ambitious and new: The Skating Rink is an exciting new major commission by Garsington, and its world première delivered on every level.
*****
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Disconnected dégustation: Pinchgut Opera's Rameau

Lauren Zolezzi © Patrick Boland
Historically informed rarities from Rameau and Vinci aim to recreate the world of 18th-century opera-going in Paris. But a misaligned production distracts from this specialised experience.
***11
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Fresh, funny, frivolous: Patience in Cambridge

Lauren Zolezzi (Patience) © Richard Hubert Smith
A joyous explosion of tuneful Victorian satire provides an unlikely, yet ideal, contrast to English Touring Opera's Tosca as their Patience tours the UK in this finely-cast, period-perfect production.
****1
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Truly, madly, but not quite deeply enough

A superbly-sung title role from Ed Ballard is the best part of this otherwise patchy, well-sung but ultimately unmoving Werther from English Touring Opera. 
**111
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Missing magic: Pelléas et Mélisande

Fine orchestral and singing performances in ETO's Pelléas et Mélisande aren't enough to overcome some of the work's difficulties.
**111
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Not a wooden performance in sight: The Adventures of Pinocchio

The future of opera is in good hands, if Tuesday night’s opening of Jonathan Dove's The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama is any indication. 
****1
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