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The three remaining protagonists were admirably portrayed, Strephon, a rich toned Jeremy Carpenter, Phyllis, lyrically rendered by Mary Hegarty, and a convincing Iolanthe, a resilient Ruth Peel who looked the part.

Strephon (Jeremy Carpenter) with the fairies. Photo © Alastair Muir
Strephon (Jeremy Carpenter) with the fairies. Photo © Alastair Muir

The incisive choruses reflected the high calibre of the vocal ensemble, with some notable solos from chorus members. Sullivan's music abounds in parody yet also conveys its own dramatic intensity and lilting charm, and Robert Dean's intrepid pacing throughout elicited expressive and gripping colour from the responsive orchestra, notably the woodwind, as well as all the singers.

Strephon (Jeremy Carpenter) and Phylliss (Mary Hegarty). Photo © Alastair Muir
Strephon (Jeremy Carpenter) and Phylliss (Mary Hegarty). Photo © Alastair Muir

The enterprising conductor-manager Wafsi Kani has plans to expand Grange Park Opera to a second venue in Leicestershire with, one hopes, promise of similar success on next year's horizon.

Copyright © 30 July 2003 Malcolm Miller, London, UK

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