I do understand why people may be irritated by this production. However, I loved it and thought it was great fun. The story of Rameau's opera is rather static and thin, however the beautiful and stately music is some of Rameau's best. The costume and set design look beautiful and do work in a contemporary setting, I particularly enjoyed Stephanie D'Oustrac's, while there are some very clever back-projections and close ups. The orchestra are stylish and William Christie conducts more than ably. The performances are also great, Sandriane Piau and Stephanie D'Oustrac are warm and appealing, and Topi Lehtipuu is excellent in a difficult role. The dancing is what makes this production other than the music and singing, it is all very energetic and unique with interesting use of styles. All in all, it is all an acquired taste but I thought it was fun. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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