Opera Gala Rhosygilwen
We took the range of our accomplishment (and probably our reputation) up a very distinct notch when we took part in Rhosygilwen’s Evening of Opera on 15th and 16th July.
Merging for the two evenings with Cor Abeteifi, jointly conducted by our musical director Nancy Mann, we played a significant role in supporting some extremely distinguished soloists.
The first half of the programme was a shortened version of Madama Butterfly, directed by Henry Ward, with the widely-travelled Rannveig Karadottir, who has performed with the English Touring Opera and at Alderburgh, as Madama Butterfly, and the equally experienced Simon Buttle, winner of the Anne Zeigler Award in 2005, as Lieutenant Pinkerton. Our role was to deliver the Humming Chorus and this was done superbly, with every note spot-on and crystal clear, to the obvious pleasure of the large audiences.
After the interval the audience were entertained with very well-known arias from the soloists, although one of the highlights had to be the opening item, in which we joined by Cor Aberteifi supported the irrepressible Martin Radley in his rendition of what will have be known as the Sausage Roll Song, by Gilbert and Sullivan. We also performed an old favourite in Barcarolle from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, as well as the Peasant Girls Chorus from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and the Polovtsian Dance from Borodin’s Prince Igor. One of the most pleasing pieces of all, came when we joined forces directly with one of the soloists and supported Gwyn Morris in the Toreador Song from Bizet’s Carmen.
The Opera Galas bring us to the end of a busy summer tour with two of our most successful performances, ending most certainly on a high. We are now taking a well-deserved break and will resume practice on Thursday 8th September. Anyone wishing to join us please get in touch with our secretary Janice Goodwin 01834 860953