Gilbert and Sullivan's
'The Mikado' -
'Chorus and orchestra under Andrew Greene rollick their way through ...'
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
Copyright © 1 April 2007
Robert Anderson, London UK