Saturday, 29 October 2011

Britain's Best Baritone: Roderick Williams on Castor and Pollux

"It's 1977, the year punk broke into the mainstream and Maria Callas died of a heart attack in her home in Paris, and Roderick Williams is taking the stage in North London for perhaps the first time. It’s the junior school play, the text is forgotten, but Williams has taken the unusual role of an "exotic fortune teller" garbed in black wig and skirts. "I had to perform a belly dance – with my parents in the front row of the audience." Little did he know at that time how this performance would prepare him for his latest role, as one of two eponymous brothers, in the ENO's new production of the mid-18th century trag├ędie en musique by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Castor and Pollux. . . "
Read more at What's on Stage.