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No Love Allowed at Pocket Opera


Pocket-opera-liebesverbot2022* Notes *
Final month Pocket Opera placed on three performances of Wagner’s No Love Allowed (Das Liebesverbot). I attended the pleasant Might 15 matinée on the Hillside Membership in Berkeley. The English language manufacturing had quite a lot of allure and a few lovely voices, and although I did miss Pocket Opera’s founder Donald Pippin’s wry feedback, his humorousness got here by way of translation of the libretto.

The 2 leads (pictured, {photograph} courtesy of Pocket Opera) have been very robust. As Isabella, soprano Leslie Sandefur has a sprightly, metallic sound, whereas tenor Michael Dailey (Luzio) was shiny and legato.

The remainder of the big solid was likewise full of fantastic voices. Baritone Spencer Dodd was suitably villainous because the hypocritical Viceroy Friedrich, his Act II aria was nuanced and tormented. As his deserted spouse Mariana, soprano Aléxa Anderson sang easily and with a fragile prettiness. Her duet with Sandefur on the convent in Act I used to be very pretty. Tenor Justin Brunette as Isabella’s licentious and imperiled brother Claudio had some hovering excessive notes.

Different notable contributions got here from mezzo-soprano Sonia Gariaeff as libertine Dorella who had a saucy good humor and baritone Michael Grammer as Brighella, captain of the watch, whose deep, darkish voice embraced the silliness of his position. There are 9 different voices that I have never gone over, however suffice it to say they did properly, particularly with the raucous carnival scene in Act II.

Music director and conductor Jonathan Khuner lead the Pocket Philharmonic and performed the piano. Since there have been a lower than a dozen musicians, errors have been somewhat uncovered. But it surely was nice enjoyable to listen to this rarity in particular person nonetheless.

* Tattling * 
One needed to present proof of vaccination to attend and a lot of the viewers members have been masked. There are distinctly fewer watch alarms on the hour lately, maybe everybody has switched to good watches. There was some chatter however no digital sounds have been famous.

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