Magazine article Opera Canada

Toronto Operetta Theatre

Magazine article Opera Canada

Toronto Operetta Theatre

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Oscar Straus's The Chocolate Soldier is based on Shaw's Arms and the Man, though the operetta is less acerbic than the original. It comes over, rather, as a somewhat farcical love story with a few gentle pot shots at the military and militarism. There are some good comic lines and the music is tuneful and well crafted. Guillermo Silva-Marin's production (Apr.) for Toronto Operetta Theatre was set conventionally c. 1900, the story told in a straightforward manner. He found frequent opportunities to insert movement, which made for quite a lively show. It was, though, mostly about the principals, their interactions and their evident comedic abilities. Singing Nadina, a young Bulgarian maiden, Jennifer Taverner may be just about the ideal operetta soubrette with her light, bright, agile and accurate soprano. She's also a good actress, with excellent comic timing and good movement. She has two admirers; her fiance, the Bulgarian "hero" Alexius, and Bummerli, a distinctly unmilitary Swiss in Serbian service. The former, a bumptious and insufferable character was played deadpan by tenor Cian Horrobin. …

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