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Castor And Pollux crowned Best New Opera

Reporter: Matthew Amer, first published Sun 15 Apr 2012 19:10
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The English National Opera’s production of Rameau’s Castor And Pollux, directed by Barrie Kosky, has been awarded the Oliviers’ Best New Opera prize.

The tale of brotherly love was the first time the ENO had ever staged an opera by the French Baroque composer and marked the London operatic debut of Australian-born director Kosky.

A cast including Sophie Bevan, Laura Tatulescu, Allan Clayton and Roderick Williams starred in the tale that travels from ancient Sparta down to the gates of Hell and up to the starry vault of Heaven.

The odds were stacked in favour of ENO winning this award, as of the four nominated shows, three came from the London Coliseum-based company. In addition to Castor And Pollux, it received nominations for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Passenger, with only RO

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