We promise this: Moses in Egypt is spectacular. Rossini’s bel canto interpretation of the Exodus story harnesses music of huge scale and awesome beauty. Powerful and intense, it convincingly frames the miracles that the opera pivots around. It also lets us experience the unbelievably zealous relationship Moses has with both his maker and his people. We get to walk the journey and share the immensity of their desperate, daunting task.
But it is never bleak. The Chagall-inspired production is both vibrant and colourful. As foreboding as the chasing, enclosing shadows seem, we know that freedom could be just one moment away.
Supported by the WNO Bel Canto Syndicate.
Music courtsey of Naxos Records.