Sara Jakubiak (Marie) and Leigh Melrose (Wozzeck) in ENO's Wozzeck
It was a very good, and extremely well attended, evening at the Coliseum for English National Opera's hugely successful new production of Wozzeck. There is little that I can add to the deserved plaudits it has received. But I should note a particular welcome for Sara Jakubiak's Marie. Sara was with us at COT in Jake Heggie's Three Decembers back in 2010 - and had been a particular favorite of mine when she was at Yale in Doris Cross's excellent program. She is a tremendously valuable versatile singer and actress - so many exciting things for her in the future I feel sure.
And as the Doctor we had the luxury casting of James Morris (Glyndebourne class of 1969 and for many years elsewhere since!). Leigh Melrose was superb in the title role, Edward Gardner sumptuously lyrical and passionate in the pit, and Carrie Cracknell has created a landmark production that can do her no harm.
So yes, another fine evening for the consistently high performing English National Opera.