Wednesday, 7 May 2014
'A Flowering Tree' by John Adams in Paris
This Wednesday night, I have attended the second performance of John Adams' opera A Flowering Tree at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The hall was half full / half empty. Though there are no real interactions between singing characters, except the duet in Act II, the music is great, with lots of percussion.
The direction by Vishal Bhardwaj was rather poor, with almost no sets, but was saved by the vivid choregraphy by Sedesh Adhana.
The three singers delivered the goods, except maybe Franco Pomponi as the Narrator whose wobble was slightly disappointing.
At the same time, early this May, John Adams' opera Doctor Atomic is having its first performances in France, in Strasbourg.