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Castor et Pollux

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Castor et Pollux, St John's Smith Square

A concert performance of Rameau rich with musical drama and delight

Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk

22nd November 2015

...Joining Riches in an unusually happy love triangle were Samuel Boden and Katherine Watson, with Sophie Junker as jealous love rival Phoebe, condemning herself to Hell before anyone else can do it for her. The standout here was Watson (pictured above right). Hers is a quality voice, all ease and fullness, with a welcome darkness shading even its upper register. Her “Tristes apprets” swelled and bloomed with tragedy, before a quick sleight of hand saw her become a brittle, flirtatious follower of Hebe for the exquisite “Que nos jeux comblent”...

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Castor et Pollux, St John’s, Smith Square, London — ‘Colourful, vivid’

Richard Fairman, The Financial Times

23rd November 2015

As Castor, Samuel Boden sang notably communicative French, his light tenor phrasing with a near-ideal period elegance. Ashley Riches’s Pollux was strong and forthright, if less finely drawn vocally. Sophie Junker and Katherine Watson were well contrasted as the vengeful Phoebé and loving Télaïre. Zachary Wilder and Callum Thorpe did sterling duty as visiting deities. Early Opera Company’s chorus sometimes seemed to be caught on the hop, but Curnyn kept the performance on its toes. Rameau without the scenic fripperies can easily hold his own.

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Conductor, Christian Curnyn


Katherine Watson  Telaire

Ashley Riches  Pollux

Samuel Boden  Castor

Sophie Junker  Phoebe

Callum Thorpe  Jupiter

Zachary Wilder  Mercury

Christian Curnyn

Christian Curnyn

St John's Smith Square

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