The Marriage of Kim K at Grimeborn
When I arrived to London I though that I was going to fill all my opera needs with the ROH Covent Garden and the English National Opera. No way. I am vicious and London has much more than traditional opera to offer. I discovered Opera Holland Park (I enjoyed there La Rondine, Katia Kabanová and Zazà) and then the Royal College of Music doing Chabrier’s Une éducation manquée and Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias in a double bill. So when a friend told me about about Grimeborn at Arcola Theatre I was not surprised. I was surprised when I saw the productions. Of course I had to buy a Arcola Passport to see 5 productions at 10£ each.
And the first one was this Marriage of Kim K production. The idea behind it is brilliant: combine at the dramatic layer three stories (the Kim Kardashian marriage, a normal couple and the Count and Countess from Mozart’s The marriage of Figaro) and another three styles at the musical layer (classic opera, classic musical and pop music). As it starts those stories and styles are separated but soon they start mixing in between a single multi-layered work that is funny and beautiful. Singers and musicians are really good and the music is really inspired. I loved a lot how the Mozart music is adapted to many voices for the ensemble parts.
Tonight is the last show in London but you can probably catch them up somewhere else, so go and check their Marriage of Kim K Facebook page