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BBC Music Magazine: Translating Shakespeare

Paul wrote a guest blog for BBC Music Magazine about Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict.  Of course, Paul is currently performing the role of Bénédict in Glyndebourne’s Laurent Pelly production that runs until August 27. Here’s a snippet:

It’s a good thing Berlioz retitled his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  Although Claudio and Hero do appear in the opera as the romantic-comedy side-kicks of the eponymous pair, Don John is nowhere to be found and no one calls Hero’s maidenhood into question—there is no ado!   In the opera, the only conflict that remains is the delicious one between Béatrice and Bénédict.  What darker considerations of malign sexual politics Berlioz sheds, he makes up for with his vibrant, funny, and sexy musical manifestation of the battle of sexes and wits between his hero and heroine…READ THE FULL ARTICLE BY CLICKING HERE.