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Enchanting Mockery

Gilbert and Sullivan's
'The Mikado' -
reviewed by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'Chorus and orchestra under Andrew Greene rollick their way through ...'

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado. © 2006 Opus Arte

The joy of being a camera and swooping over Sydney Harbour Bridge to glimpse one of the world's most exciting opera houses and then to hover like a hawk above it and gaze enraptured at those soaring sails. Inside it was said the pit could not accommodate the grandest of operas; for the subtleties of Sullivan's orchestra, however, there is room enough, as for the gales of laughter in the house inspired by Gilbert's enchanting mockery of Victorian England and incomprehensible Japan. Christopher Renshaw as director has let his imagination run riot, and Australian singers and players can be relied on for the broadest humour that yet keeps a mostly wary eye for decorum.

Sydney Opera House from above. DVD screenshot © 1987 The Australian Opera
Sydney Opera House from above. DVD screenshot © 1987 The Australian Opera

 

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Copyright © 1 April 2007 Robert Anderson, London UK

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