The programme contained a wonderful variety of favourite choruses, arias and ensembles, staged and dressed appropriately, including:
O Isis and Osiris; They call me Mimi; The Flower Duet; Song to the Evening Star; excerpts from Rigoletto and Don Giovanni; The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves; Nessun Dorma and Softly Awakes my Heart.
With Paul Stock and Margaret Chave taking turns on the piano and a cast that included professionals: Carolyn Harries, Tyrone Piper and Roderick Hunt, it was a hugely enjoyable evening.
Opera Glass is a small group of talented local singers who perform semi-staged scenes from many of our best loved operas. A small, but appreciative, audience at Topsham Methodist Church on Sunday 18th May were treated to a marvellous programme of opera highlights. Opera Glass presented a mixture of solos, duets and ensemble pieces from Carmen, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, William Tell, Lakme, Rigoletto, Nabucco, La Boheme and Turandot, to mention just a few.
We will all have had our particular favourite moments in the programme: for me highlights included the duet La Ci Darem la Mano from Don Giovanni, with Rod Hunt and Judyth Aarons beautifully portraying the roles of scheming Count and peasant girl, and Au Fond du Temple Saint, the famous duet from 'The Pearl Fishers', where Tyrone Piper and Rod were a well matched duo.
If Opera Glass returns to Topsham do go! It's a grand evening.