Magazine article Opera Canada

Toronto Operetta Theatre's

Magazine article Opera Canada

Toronto Operetta Theatre's

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Toronto Operetta Theatre's performance of The Mikado Apr. 23 was a mixed blessing. One didn't just want to hear Sullivan, one wanted to hear Gilbert, too. Here, though, the diction, especially among the women soloists and the chorus, made it difficult to follow Gilbert's words. There were problems in the pick-up orchestra, too, although overall this Mikado was a triumph. Conductor David Speers pulled off one of the best-modulated and nuanced readings of a G & S score I've heard. Well-known tunes sounded fresh, and the orchestra took on a new lease of life with Speers' musical accents. This production brimmed with vitality.

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Director Guillermo Silva-Marin had his stage shtick down pat, particularly highlighting comic moments in the dialogue. Double entendres abounded and there were genuine belly laughs throughout. Over the years, Silva-Marin has developed a deft hand at moving bodies around the stage, and his productions flow easily between dialogue and singing. …

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