As not a regular to the opera it was with anticipation that I attended this performance.
A minimal set and simple costume the first half performance set the scene for a deep, thought-provoking and, at most part, a depressing portrayal of the female character over the centuries.
Dark or dispiriting the performances and the music were rich in their sorrow and despair.
I must admit that by the end of the first scene I was feeling sad for the female characters and hoped the second scene was more uplifting.
Thankfully the second scene presented a stronger female character, both bold and in control of her destiny; ending on a high note of female strength and resilience.
A fabulous and emotional performance by all singers, supported by a cast ensemble and orchestra.