Five short operas,
Battersea Arts Centre
4 September, 1999
up Lavender Hill to the Battersea Arts Centre was amply rewarded
by a company founded two years ago, Tete a Tete. Using three
singers and three instrumentalists, they did five short operas,
being given their world premieres, and joined together by music
called, predictably, 'Glue'.
next piece, Doggone, had the famous EMI logo to focus our
attention on the relationships, at any rate some of them, between
war and music. Gary Carpenter's brilliantly skilful blend of marches,
bugle calls and patriotic songs, with an equally effective text
by Simon Nicholson, once more made a point in brief compass that
could have been, almost certainly would have been, dispersed if
made at full theatrical length.
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