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As always, OLO [6 August 2006] provided a handsome production to go along with its previously buried treasure. There were three distinctive sets -- the palace courtyard, a palace interior, and a village square in the countryside -- all designed by Kirk Domer, with evocative lighting by Shannon Schweitzer. Gorgeous costumes (even for the peasants in the final act!) were by Daniel Jones.
As always, the voices were marvelous, although for some strange reason, on occasion the ensemble (singing in English) was hard to understand. The problem didn't exist during the solos, however.
Gary Moss (left) as the King, with Julie Wright as the Queen in Ohio Light Opera's production of 'The Queen's Lace Handkerchief'. Photo © 2006 Matt Dilyard
Julie Wright excelled as both director and the Queen of the title, imbuing the role with saucy dignity while trying to claim the affections of her young husband in the person of Gary Moss. They were especially well-matched vocally, as were the secondary couple, Cervantes (Jack Beetle) and Donna Irene as sung by Robin DeLeon. By the end of Act III, both couples are happily together, but it's been a struggle for them to get to that point.
Copyright © 17 August 2006
Kelly Ferjutz, Ontario, Canada