Back with a bang! Royal Opera’s Jenůfa blew the audience away at last Saturday’s matinee. The sense of freedom from lockdown was palpable. Onstage and off. From the hecubean quaffing of champagne in the Floral Hall to the mesmerising, no holds barred intensity of soprano, Asmik Gregorian – Jenůfa – who gripped the audience intensely from curtain up, then, in the final scene, ripped our hearts out, skewered them on the blade of her last plangent aria and sent us home, reeling, into a sodden, early twilit Covent Garden evening.
Matsuo Bashō’s haiku is alleged to have sparked the shift in haiku poetry from humorous observations to philosophical reflections.