A Journey Thro' Opera and Cavalleria Rusticana May 2007

The first half of this evening consisted of excerpts sung by various members of the Society and chorus. To my mind, perhaps the most enjoyable piece was the “Flower Duet” from Lakme sung by Sarah Corp and Charlotte Shorthouse.
The second half consisted of an excellent performance of Mascagni’s one act opera “Cavalleria Rusticana”. The setting was imaginatively constructed showing the village square on two levels - the stage and foreground. Great thought had been given to ensuring the chorus acted as real people relating to each other throughout the performance.
‘Turiddu’ (Marcel Scerri) has a very powerful voice (perhaps a bit too much for the space) but how magnificent it would sound in a larger theatre. The rest of the cast ‘Santuzza’ (Yvonne Fair) ‘Lola’ (Charlotte Shorthouse) ‘Alfio’ (Frank Jordan) ‘Mamma Lucia’ (Anthea Myall) all sang well and acted throughout making the whole production completely convincing.
There was a moving setting of the Easter Hymn and a dramatic ending. The opera was accompanied on keyboard which gave an essential outline of the score.
Angela Goodall-Words and Music Issue 128