Kyle Lang deserves particular kudos for his taut route and splendid choreography of the efficiency. As I’ve stated earlier than, comedy particularly in opera is tough. This manufacturing was genuinely humorous. The sustained undercurrent of humor erupted often into the giggle out loud kind. Director Lang made all of it work with the help of Driscoll Otto for lighting design and James P. McGough for wigs and make up. The interval costumes beforehand designed by James Schuette had been a boon to the efficiency.
Mr. Sullivan’s playful music is complicated, displaying parts from a number of sources, bel canto operas, hymns, and well-liked songs. It comprises double choruses singing on the identical time. The music was fantastically performed with spirit by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra underneath Maestro Turner’s route. Choral route was by Affiliate Conductor Brandon Eldredge. The efficiency is full of many pleasant and sometimes amusing songs and music you would possibly placed on simply to hearken to, typically containing acquainted themes present in later songs.
Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Gilbert had been gifted, as evidenced by how their operas nonetheless usher in audiences right now. Virginia Opera’s efficiency of The Pirates of Penzance in Fairfax was each an homage to them and a gem of its personal, all very correct I guarantee you.
The Fan Expertise: Performances of The Pirates of Penzance was scheduled for performances in Norfolk on November 4, 5, 6; in Fairfax on November 12, 13; and in Richmond on November 18, 20. The opera has two acts and is sung in English with supertitles in English proven on an overhead display, spoken dialog not proven on the display. There was a refreshments bar on the doorway degree throughout the intermission between acts. Masking and proof of vaccinations weren’t required for the viewers.
Once more, I extremely advocate the excellent pre-opera speak on The Pirates of Penzance, given by Joshua Borths, Virginia Opera’s scholar in residence, which begins 45 minutes earlier than the start of the opera. Get there early to get a superb seat. For those who can’t make a efficiency however need to know extra in regards to the opera, Mr. Borths covers the identical materials and extra in his “Let’s Discuss Opera” lecture out there at this hyperlink.