21 May 2006
Tolomeo, London Handel Festival, Britten Hall, London
An Egyptian bunny boiler to put Cleopatra in the shade
By Anna Picard [Independent, 21 May 2006]
Strange as it may seem from someone who loves Handel, I was not looking forward to Tolomeo. Every year, the London Handel Festival dusts off one of his 40-odd operas, casts them with the most promising students it can find, and presents a short run in the lovely acoustics of the Britten Theatre. Every year, one also has the sinking feeling that this will be the last time one will see that particular opera staged.