Magazine article Opera Canada

Edmonton Opera's

Magazine article Opera Canada

Edmonton Opera's

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Edmonton Opera's February production of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore mixed Canadian singers with local actors who can all do better than hold a tune. Playwright Stewart Lemoine tweaked Gilbert's libretto with a light touch, adding lines for a few minor characters and injecting some humor that was funnier than much of Gilbert's 130-year-old cornball satire.

Jeff Haslam, one of Edmonton's most accomplished actors, has brilliant comic timing and his effeminately posturing Sir Joseph Porter was suitably silly and always fun to watch. He sang a commendable version of "When I was a lad." Mezzo Rebecca Hass played Buttercup, singing her Act I autobiographical ditty with big-hearted theatricality and adding helpful touches of comic color elsewhere. Baritone Gregory Dahl's Captain Corcoran found a nice balance between stern and over-anxious, and was in very good voice.

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The hero and heroine brought polished technique to the thwarted lovers, Josephine and Ralph Rackstraw. No Broadway belting from soprano Monica Huisman or tenor Colin Ainsworth, with Ainsworth displaying especially solid comic timing himself. …

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