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War and Peace, Theatre Royal, Glasgow | reviews, news & interviews

War and Peace, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

War and Peace, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Students champion Prokofiev's first version of his great Tolstoyan epic

A direct victory: music students present a revelatory first version of Prokofiev's masterpiecePhoto by Ken Dundas for the RSAMD

Two hundred costumes, over 60 solo roles and the world premiere of a great operatic composer's first thoughts: it's a task which would daunt the best-resourced opera company in the world. The fact that Prokofiev's initial, 11-scene meditation on Tolstoy's War and Peace was launched last night by students with slow-burn but ultimately total confidence, an orchestral collaboration with established professionals and a fusion of production with design at the very highest level could only send us out in to the streets of Glasgow echoing the Russian soldiers' final cries of "Ura!"

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