Steep Cost of War & Peace
Anne Midget of the Washington Post reviews Mariinsky’s opera War and Peace.
Te opera, arrived at the Kennedy Center freighted with expectations. Terms like “sprawling” and “masterpiece” are often applied to Prokofiev’s score, in keeping with its literary model, Tolstoy’s novel. Add in the curiosity value of the opera, seldom done in the West until the Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra began taking it on the road. Then there’s the buzz surrounding the massive production, weighing in at 30 tons and costing $2 million to import. Saturday night’s performance, conducted by Valery Gergiev, had an awful lot to live up to. Read on…. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/07/AR2010030702507.html