Castor & Pollux – Rameau
‘Amanda Holden’s revelatory translation….’
The Arts Desk
‘The soloists make as fine a case for Rameau in English as one has any right to expect, Amanda Holden’s sensitive translation happily assisting’.
Seen and Heard International
This translation was commissioned for English National Opera’s production in October 2011 – the first production of a Rameau opera by the company.
Castor and Pollux also marked the UK debut of the Australian director Barrie Kosky; the show was conducted by Christian Curnyn, the title-role twins were sung by Allan Clayton and Roderick Williams and the two female leads were taken by Sophie Bevan and Laura Tatulescu.
In the 2012 Laurence Oliver Awards, the ENO Castor & Pollux won in the Best Opera Production category. Amanda Holden was nominated in the other opera category – Outstanding Achievement in Opera – for her ‘sensitive and poetic’ translation of the opera, making her the first translator to receive an Oliver nomination.