I had seen several Warlikowski productions across Europe and it was a bit of a surprise that this From the House of the Dead was his house debut at the Royal Opera House. Too modern for UK conservative taste in opera? Anyway this was a safe bet as the production is not radical in any way. It was, however, intense and very demanding. As Leoš Janáček music is not easy listening, Krzysztof Warlikowski staging is not easy to see, as many things are happening on the stage and require a lot of focus to get all the details.
Opening the season with a non very known opera by a non very popular here Romanian composer was a risky venture. Probably the most audacious from the London big five (LSO added the Enigma to its only English opening to make it more pleasant to classic audiences). And it went well. Very well. The concert at the Royal Festival Hall was a reprise of the one they did at Enescu Festival in Bucharest earlier this month, just with more rehearsals.