Summertimes 1996

Summertimes Candlelight Opera (1996)

Sat 20 Jan 1996 8:00

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1. Overture
William Tell – Rossini
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

2. Now your days of philandering are over
The Marriage of Figaro – Mozart
Paul Whelan (Figaro)

3. She is gone and gone forever
Orfeo ed Euridice – Gluck
Helen Medlyn – Orfeo

4. Fierce flames are soaring
Il Trovatore – Verdi
Helen Medlyn – Azucena

5. Anvil Chorus
Il Trovatore – Verdi
Canterbury Opera Chorus

6. Well ? I’ll go as far away..
La Wally – Catalini
Dame Malvina Major (Wally)

7. Oh, Mimi, false, fickle-hearted
La Boheme – Puccini
Richard Greager (Rodolfo)
Paul Whelan (Marcello)

8. Easter Hymn
Cavalleria Rusticana – Mascagni
Canterbury Opera Chorus

9. Oh I entreat thee sire
Turandot – Puccini
Dame Malvina Major (Liu)

10. Nessun Dorma (None shall sleep)
Turandot – Puccini
Richard Greager (Rodolfo)
Women of Canterbury Opera Chorus)


11. Torriador Song
Carmen – Bizet
Paul Whelan (Escamillo)
Canterbury Opera Chorus

12. Habanera
Carmen – Bizet
Helen Medlyn (Carmen)

13. Brother come and dance with me
Hansel and Gretel – Humperdinck
Canterbury Children’s Chorus

14. Evening prayer
Hansel and Gretel – Humperdinck
Canterbury Children’s Chorus

15. In the depths of the temple
The Pearl Fishers – Bizet
Richard Greager (Nadir)
Paul Whelan (Zurga)

16. Sweet Doretta had a dream
La Rondine – Puccini
Dame Malvina Major (Magda)

17. Te Duem
Tosca – Puccini
Paul Whelan (Scarpia)
Canterbury Opera Chorus

18. Love and Music
Tosca – Puccini
Dame Malvina Major (Tosca)

19 Sextet
Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti
Dame Malvina Major (Lucia)
Richard Greager (Edgardo)
Paul Whelan (Enrico)
Helen Medlyn (Alisa)
Edmund Bohan (Arturo)
Ted Rhodes (Raimondo)
Canterbury Opera Chorus


Richard Greager doesn’t look like an opera singer. Meeting him in the
street you might think that with his short stature, balding head and
glass he was an accountant. His best song was “Nessun Dorma”, which he
sung without trying to go over the top too much. I’m not sure if the
applause was for his excellent singing, or the recognition of the song.

Paul Whelan looks out of place in the ’90s. With a beard and long hair
that was in fashion 20 years ago. At well over 6 foot, he looked like
some wild-eyed gypsy. His singing was best suited to the Torriador Song.

Helen Medlyn’s voice was brilliant in “she is gone and gone forever”,
the best song of the night. For the role Carmen she changed into a
bright red dress. Half-way through the song she attacked the conductor (Brian Law) her neck attire.

The Children’s Chorus had plenty of practice in diction. As a result, we
could hear all the words in their 2 songs.

Dame MM was best singing “Sweet Doretta”, her voice easily reaching the high notes.

Overall the good performances were only marred by the threatening wind, fortunately keeping below an annoying level.

|\|igel Baker 21/1/95