|Skarmeta and Catan|
These two couples, Neruda and Matilde, Mario and Beatrice, had several lovely duets singing of their love and/or desire for another. None overly long and so never boring :-)!
All the other roles were cast well, the all male chorus sounded warm, and Brett Mitchell as guest conductor had the players in hand. All singers managed to sing the Spanish libretto with a clarity - and were easily understood by anyone with even just a bit of knowledge of the language. But providing both the Spanish original and an English Translation in the surtitles was innovative! The on-stage bras band performed with gusto. Satirical interludes about 'politicians on the stump' with so-often empty promises,
provided brief moments of hilarity.
The staging (Thom Guthrie) was simple with few pieces of furniture. Mostly using on-screen projections (Buck Ross) to set the moods... the sea, the sun, the stars, the moon, a street in Southern Italy, Waves crashing over rocks. Costumes (Richard Walsh) mid- 20th century. Lighting (Guthrie) fitted score and projections, and beautifully choreographed to match the music during scene changes.
A fitting tribute well presented by these young and talented artists to the composer Daniel Catan.