The culmination of the last two year's work with Caamora took place on October 31st 2007 at the Wyspianski Theatre, Katowice, Poland. Spearheaded by Clive Nolan and Agnieszka Swita, this epic production featured also guest musicians: Alan Reed (Pallas/Neo
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By Mark Z on March 24, 2009
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"She" is an ambitious project from British musician Clive Nolan and Polish singer Agnieszka Swita, performing under the name "Caamora". Based on the Victorian adventure novel by H. Rider Haggard, "She" is an opera performed by progressive rock musicians (to differentiate from the term "rock opera" which, without putting down the form, is usually a series of rock songs assembled to tell a story). The DVD is the live performance of "She", as opposed to the studio CD, which was created by a smaller group of musicians. While the staging is fairly minimal (a lot of back and forth on a walkway) and not a lot of action (even by operatic standards), the songs are engaging and the singers captivating to watch, especially Magenta's lead singer Christina Booth, who in a supporting role in the first half of the performance gets as much or more screen time as Swita performing the lead character. If you can find the "Definitive Edition" (and are prepared to pay a pretty penny for it), you'll get a second CD with bonus acoustic performances, as well as two-CD sets of the studio AND the live productions. But the single DVD includes a worthwhile extra, "The Making of She", with interviews with most of the principals. This work deserves attention.
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