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28 Jul 2006

The Fiery Angel, ROH, London

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,,1831950,00.html

prokofiev1938_2.pngTim Ashley [Guardian, 28 July 2006]

Unperformed in the composer's lifetime, Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel attained something akin to cult status in the last decades of the 20th century. A study of demonic possession and collective hysteria, the opera hit raw nerves as the Soviet Union began to crumble: there were iconic performances in St Petersburg in 1992 and at Covent Garden a year later. Francesca Zambello's new production for Moscow's Bolshoi Opera, marking the start of the company's first ever London season, reimagines the work as a parable of totalitarian implosion.

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