Poster by Paul Chegwidden
Two charming English operas open Operantics' 2016 season.
In Horovitz's comedy of manners, Gentleman's Island, two very British gentlemen find themselves the sole survivors of a shipwreck. To their mutual dismay they find they are unable to start any form of conversation as there is no one to introduce them! How will they choose between survival and good breeding?
The Telephone (Menotti) is a hilarious comedy in which miscommunication abounds. Ben’s attempts to ask his girlfriend Lucy an important question are frustrated by frequent interruptions by her telephone.
Producer - Katie Miller-Crispe
Music Director & Stage Director - Tristan Entwistle
Piano - Nathaniel Kong
Production Photography - John Kilkeary
With Special Thanks To:
Paul Chegwidden, Bradley Gilchrist, Joelene Griffith, Susan Heming, Liam Kinney, Victoria Parsons, Geoff Sirmai, Nicola Smith, Wenona School, and G. Schirmer Pty Ltd, Australia.
Cast - The Telephone (Menotti 1947)
Lucy - Samanta Lestavel
Making good use of the whole stage area with elegant set, the couple Lucy (Samanta Lestavel) and Ben (Ian Warwick) display good theatrical chemistry. Their use of gesture and facial expression are delightfully deliberate and melodramatic. ~ Paul Nolan, Sydney Arts Guide
Cast - Gentleman's Island (Horovitz 1958)
Together, the pieces make for an entertaining combination delving into the short, comedic side of opera. While the performances across the board are quite incredible, special praise has to be given to the accompanist performing on piano, Nathaniel Kong, who’s work in both pieces was nothing short of astounding.