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31 March, 2022

Deep, thought-provoking and, at times, depressing

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.