Magazine article Opera Canada

Victoria

Magazine article Opera Canada

Victoria

Article excerpt

In The Rake's Prayer, Stravinsky's only full-length opera, heroine Anne Trulove declares that "if love be love, it will not alter"--and I would not alter a single minute of the superb production mounted by Pacific Opera Victoria. Judging from the roar of the audience as the last notes of this fabulous morality tale faded away on closing night Nov. 21, I'm not alone.

This was a terrific night of opera theatre. The singers, all in their role debuts, were uniformly fine. Soprano Lucia Cesarone was convincingly sweet as the country girl willing to follow her true-love, even to the madhouse, while terror Colin Ainsworth as Tom Rakewell made us care about the shallow, silly lad who falls for the get-rich-quick schemes of the devilish Nick Shadow (baritone Gregory Dahl). Bass-baritone Chad Louwerse as Anne's concerned father, mezzo Rebecca Hass as Mother Goose, the brothel-keeper--and seducer of the previously innocent Tom--and tenor Blame Hendsbee as the pink and mincing auctioneer, Sellem, all proved their worth as singing actors. Mezzo Mia Lennox-Williams as Tom's wife-of-convenience, the bearded Baba the Turk, fought hard against the effects of a bad cold and mostly won.

The chorus and orchestra, too, under conductor Timothy Vernon, deftly handled the demands of a score that paradoxically mixes spiky Stravinsky with more soothing and familiar melodies a la Mozart and Monteverdi. …

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