Opera Is Back!
by Andy Fawthrop
Friday was a beautiful, sunny day with clear blue skies, and it finally felt as if we were sloughing off the darker days of Winter. The daffs and the snow-drops are out, which always makes it feel that Spring is well under way. White Horse Opera couldn’t have timed things any better for their Spring Concert, and it was good of them to have ordered up such great weather.
Advertising for this event had been much better, and a virtually full room was the clear reward for that extra effort. The audience were treated to a veritable selection box of operatic delights over a couple of hours, featuring items from Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Handel and Mozart in a dazzling first half. Guest tenor Robert Felstead blended with the in-house company on several items, and was ably accompanied by solos from Paula Boyagis, Barbara Gompels, Charles Leeming and Lisa House. The highlight for me was The Humming Chorus from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly beautifully rendered not on the stage, but from the close confines of the ante-chamber at the back of the room – very atmospheric!
The second half featured items from Donizetti and Rossini, but was mostly given over to my personal favourites – Gilbert & Sullivan. There was one item from The Mikado, beautifully sung by Lisa House, but then several helpings of songs from Ruddigore (the operetta which will feature in WHO’s main 2022 programme). Jon Paget and Jessica Phillips shared a charming duet, and there were strong performances from Charles Leeming and every one of the sopranos.
A delightful concert in a beautiful room. Spring is back – and so is opera!
Future WHO events:
Spring 2022 Ruddigore 7.30pm Venues TBA
26th, 28th & 29th Oct 2022 L’elisir d’amore 7.30pm Lavington School
More information on WHO is available at www.whitehorseopera.co.uk
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