Autumn 2018 has seen two Keynote artists tackle Prokofiev’s vast work War and Peace.
Directed by David Pountney and with Tomáš Hanus at the baton, Welsh National Opera’s War and Peace has received prodigious reviews. Performances started in Cardiff before they were off on tour.
“Welsh National Opera makes the best possible case for the work’s virtues, in an energetic and resourceful staging by David Pountney that sticks broadly to the historical period, using projections…to enhance the spectacle.” Telegraph
“WNO’s masterful Music Director Tomas Hanus does everything he can to keep this lumbering behemoth of a score on its toes, and the orchestra rewards him with playing of unfailing verve and edge.” Telegraph
“Tomas Hanus paces and integrates this whole sprawling canvas with precision, energy and commitment.” The Arts Desk
“As a military exercise with Field Marshal David Pountney directing the troops and First General Tomas Hanus ensuring a confident traversal of Prokofiev’s might score, baton-charging at the head of 90 blazing musicians and aw awesome chorus, the achievement is prodigious.” Whatsonstage
“David Pountney’s superbly insightful English-language production for Welsh National Opera…honours the spirits of both composer and novelist, while providing spectacle aplenty in a way that contextualises the opera’s propaganda aspect.” Thestage