Mad mad mad!
This was the word most commonly used to describe the divine divas curiously sliding the Covent Garden Piazza last Sunday, like giant singing canvases walking a culturally wild walk of fame.
Part of the Royal Opera's Deloitte Ignite 15 street events, held on the piazza from 3-27 September, Transe Express's Les Tambours & Giant Divas won acclaim and lots of bewildered tourist faces with short shots at Carmen, among other operatic masterpieces. Tall, talented and utterly..well, mad, they successfully hit all the high notes, all the while sticking their tongues out at each other and fixing their giant, colourful brasiers into place. A line of percussionists with painted faces were at their beck and call, drumming and jumping as necessary.
Congrats to the ROH for offering majestic, uncompromising entertainment on one of London's most-visited tourist hubs.
A snippet of the ROH operatic madness, due to size limitations...