Parsifal - Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels, 30 January 2010
ENO are you reading? This is how you bring new blood into opera. Romeo Castellucci's operatic experience may be zero, but he's a seasoned theatrical hand with visual flair, wide-ranging technical skills, a probing intellect, a loyal, talented supporting team and a willingness to push the boundaries. And of course a desire to do the job in the first place without being cajoled. How many of ENO's recent first-timers have demonstrated even one of those qualities? In the face of his numerous practical qualifications, his unique artistic vision seems almost like a bonus.