Magazine article Musical Opinion

Savoy Opera's the Marriage of Figaro

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Savoy Opera's the Marriage of Figaro

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The interior of the Savoy Theatre has an intimate though luxurious feel with the attention to detail one expects with the name Savoy attached. The orchestra pit is a healthy size and the small stage is framed in black making it easy on the eye to visualise each scene as in a Harry Potter type painting, where the subjects within it move around! Sensitively lit, the silver panels lining each side of the theatre come to life when the house lights go down and the pictures within each evolve in the shadows. The house size reminds me of the now closed Players' Theatre.

The Overture to Mozart's Marriage of Figaro rang out crisp and clear on 17 April and then the little stage filled with life. I was immediately taken with the intimacy of the experience as it was so easy to see the singers' expressions and costumes. The set design by Gideon Davey was simple but very effective and the lovely costumes by Emma Ryott traditional to the era in which Figaro was written. …

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