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Catherine Hamilton as Adriana in the Bampton Classical Opera 2000 production of 'Comedy of Errors'

Jeremy Gray's Comedy of Errors production, colourfully set, sung in English and staged with just the right kind of wry wit, was something of a triumph, with the New College-trained Ben Hulett's Euphemio (Antipholus) of Syracuse, Catherine Hamilton's Adriana and Mark Saberton's Dromio of Syracuse arguably pick of the voices, plus an attractive vocal performance from the visually less versatile Angelo, Nicholas Merryweather. Simon Over conducted, building Storace's brilliantly phased ensembles admirably, although labouring in vain to counteract some markedly third-class upper string-playing. (Read also 'Adventurous Spirit', Malcolm Miller's review, Music & Vision, 20 August 2000.)

Mark Saberton as Dromio of Syracuse in the Bampton Classical Opera 2000 production of 'Comedy of Errors'

Bampton are to stage Storace's The Comedy of Errors at The Theatre Royal, Bath on 13 March 2001 and Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Gloucestershire on 14 and 15 July 2001.

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Copyright © 9 December 2000 Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK

 

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