Last weekend, David Parry conducted the world premiere of Jonathan Dove's new opera Marx in London at Theater Bonn. It has been reviewed enthusiastically:
"There is much richly challenging writing for the orchestra under the excellent David Parry."
Martin Kettle, The Guardian ****
"The Beethoven-Orchester Bonn plays all this competently and transparently under the taut direction of David Parry."
Alexander Menden, Süddeutsche Zeitung
"Those who know ‘Flight’, the opera that made [Dove] famous, know that comedy plays an integral part, and this explains the presence of David Parry in the pit: this bel canto specialist, who has recorded Donizetti and Offenbach for Opera Rara, knows how to lead an orchestra right through to the end of the plot, with its comic resolution […] reminiscent of the big successes of Rossini in this area."
Laurent Bury, Forum Opera
"The zappy conversational tone of the piece is mixed up with more lyrical passages. The Beethoven-Orchester and the choir realise this excellently under the direction of David Parry."
Stefan Schmöe, Online Musik Magazin
"The Londoner composer’s music is played virtuosically by the Beethoven Orchester under David Parry; it is brilliant, witty and eclectic in a good way and moves elegantly between Stravinsky, Britten and the composers of American minimalism."
Bernhard Hartmann, Generalanzeiger Bonn
"The Beethoven Orchester Bonn under David Parry throws itself into proceedings and takes sumptuous pleasure in the sound; the choir sings magnificently."
Peter Krause, Concerti
The work will be presented to UK audiences in a future season by co-producer Scottish Opera.
You can watch the trailer here.
For an interview with David Parry (in German) ahead of the premiere, please click here.