Sopranos a delightful entertainment

Marian Poole.
Marian Poole
An encore of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma  rounded off an enchanting evening with the 7 Sopranos very ably accompanied by music director and pianist Glen Amer, writes Marian Poole.

They proclaimed to the practically full stalls section of the Regent Theatre that Dunedin had given them their best Friday evening audience so far. Minimal staging was well complemented by billowing dry ice which, when it was not threatening to envelop the pianist, created an ethereal ambience. Judicious use of the spotlights highlighted the singers. The arrangements of the accompaniments for the piano were at times exceptionally pretty and even florid.

In the first half of classic favourites from operas, the sopranos, Kyla Allan, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Claire Candy, Rachel Pines, Deborah Rogers, Clarissa Spata and Shakira Tsindos, sang  solo or in ensembles as the songs demanded. The women recreated the songs’ drama with accomplished ease, moving with lithe grace, and in sympathy with the music. Adaptations of their costumes aided and abetted the allusion — Mozart’s Queen of the Night  was presented as a dominatrix with whip. No one item stands out as  more accomplished than any other, but Puccini’s O Mia Babbino Caro , a medley and The Toreador Song  from Bizet’s Carmen  and Gounod’s Ave Maria  were special favourites.

The second half of the evening was devoted to popular works from the 20th century, including Bernstein’s America  and Somewhere , Gershwin’s Summertime , Gilbert and Sullivan’s Three Little Maids , Weber’s Think of Me  and Piaf’s La Vie en Rose,

displaying the ensemble’s versatility with language, intonation and style.

Their voices are strong and uniquely coloured so  each number had depth and variety. It was a delightful entertainment and an excellent opportunity for the sopranos to gain experience on the stage with a significantly broad repertoire. 

 

7 Sopranos

• Regent Theatre Friday, September 22

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