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The production, originally constructed by the Hawaii Opera Theatre, featured traditional but imaginative scenery by Peter Dean Beck. Aided by Harry Frehner's ambient lighting, his designs were effective in creating the aura of mystery and foreboding implicit in the legend. Costumes by Malabar helped to set the piece in a Norwegian fishing village at a time when the production of homespun yarn was a necessity. Stage director Henry Akina moved the principals effectively but always presented the chorus as a group, so they never appeared as individual villagers.

Oksana Krovytska as Senta. Photo © 2006 Scott Humbert
Oksana Krovytska as Senta. Photo © 2006 Scott Humbert

On Friday, Donnie Ray Albert gave an intelligent portrayal of the title character and sang with rich, warm tones. Kristopher Irmiter's singing of the same role on Saturday night was not quite as secure, but his voice is larger and more robust. He sang with stylistic command and his portrayal was more mysterious.

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