Concert reviews: Sukanya

Reviews are in for our tour of Ravi Shankar's only opera Sukanya! Premiered at Curve Leicester on Friday 12 May, followed by performances at The Lowry, Salford, Birmingham's Symphony Hall, and Southbank Centre in London. Read the reviews here:

★★★★☆ ‘A delightful evening of pure escapism’ Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph, 13 May 2017

★★★★☆ 'The late Ravi Shankar's romantic entertainment, his parting gift to the world, makes for an irresistibly multicoloured evening ... Sukanya is its own beast, and the mix of microtonal, improvised Indian music on sitar and tabla with the massed standard-notated ranks of the London Philharmonic Orchestra makes for a sound world of arresting beauty and originality.' Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 13 May 2017

★★★ 'Entertaining and often exuberant ... a joyous epilogue to a joyous life.' Richard Morrison, The Times, May 15 2017 [paywall] 

★★★ ‘A ravishing spectacle ... spellbinding back projections, dancers in ravishing costumes, all taking place on three grand staircases ... There are moments when the hybridity works magnificently’ John Lewis, The Guardian, 16 May 2017

★★★★☆ 'The whole thing moves with considerable verve, with energetic dance sequences and some truly astonishing beatboxing from the chorus ... An audience that looked more than usually diverse, even for Birmingham, responded warmly.' Richard Bratby, Birmingham Post, 16 May 2017

★★★★☆ ‘A delightful fusion of Eastern and Western traditions ... The London Philharmonic Orchestra were faultless ... something new and vibrant for the opera scene’ Robert Gainer,, 17 May 2017

'A blaze of colour and energy ... ravishing musical moments and gorgeous spectacle ... Sukanya is a triumphant celebration of shared humanity, expressed in music and dance.' Amanda-Jane Doran,, 20 May 2017

★★★★ 'Ten minutes into the opera I was weeping ... I was seeing something of myself, something true about my life, in operatic art for the first time ... This is a very special piece of work, musically groundbreaking and wonderfully crafted, and I look forward to its staging in a long-term run sometime soon.' Anita Datta,, 20 May 2017

'The playing of the LPO was superb ... a vibrant, shifting, often mesmerising, mosaic' Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 22 May 2017


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