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The Coliseum London Reviews
The English National Opera at the Coliseum Feb 16, 2011
This is the home of the English National Opera. It is quite a large theatre.
The ENO is a well respected opera company who sing in English. Whether this is a good thing or not depends entirely on whether you think the original language is important to the performance or if you’d rather understand the plot without having to read the supertitles. Of course, I’m not totally convinced opera is
there for making sense – I saw Wagner’s Parsifal, which was musically fantastic but the plot was totally bonkers.
Tickets are more expensive than the Royal Opera, which I think gets more subsidies. That said, I don’t think any of the seats have visibility as poor as the cheap seats at Covent Garden.
Even by the standards of the West End, it is fantastically ornate, with mosaic ceilings in the box office and fantastic roman figures around the stage. For the production I saw, the set design was really impressive too (although, like the opera, slightly puzzling- why some vegetarian medieval grail knights lived on an abandoned railway line was beyond me!). It really is a spectacular venue. One of the other nice things was the bar in the balcony lobby, which is glass roofed and has a wonderful view above Trafalgar Square.
I suspect disabled access might be tricky.
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