Magazine article Opera Canada

The Little Opera Company's

Magazine article Opera Canada

The Little Opera Company's

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The Little Opera Company's witty revival of Mozart's The Impresario (Der Schauspieldirektor) proved an ideal way to while away a summer's eve on Aug. 11. The five-member cast performed to a capacity crowd in Winnipeg's St. James Anglican, Western Canada's oldest log church, before taking the show on the road to the Kenora Harbourfront Concert Series.

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The one-act comic opera (sung in English), despite its infamously flimsy libretto, still resonates with opera in-jokes and divas run wild. Director Karla Weir wisely added a few twists, such as having the cast first appear in casual rehearsal clothes, thus creating a show-within-a-show feel, as well as underscoring the lively subtext between Mr. Scruples' assistant (Don Larsen), Mr. Bluff (baritone Greg McLean) and his two rival proteges, Madame Goldentrill (soprano Margot Harding) and Miss Silverpeal (coloratura soprano Lara Secord-Haid), who eagerly clamor for his affections.

Harding quickly asserted herself as a haughty alpha soprano during her solo arietta, "My low and I are parted." Not to be outdone, Secord-Haid flounced on stage like a flirty ingenue with her solo "Come my love, my dearest treasure," appearing effortless especially in her stratospheric runs. …

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