Hi folks. This is a new arts blog I’ve started. It’ll be mostly random writing on shows I’m seeing and as well as other stuff.
Recently we saw Pacific Opera Victoria’s Rattenbury by Tobin Stokes and Madwoman of Chaillot, staged by UVic’s theatre department.
I loved the idea of Rattenbury (it’s about Victoria architect Francis Rattenbury, who designed the Empress and the B.C parliament buildings) more than the opera itself. Stokes is a talented fellow – but the music didn’t appeal to me. This may just be my conservative taste – I’m a big Puccini/Verdi fan. The cast, which included tenor Richard Margison, was solid though.I’m glad POV staged this and apparently they sold out the run.
Madwoman of Chaillot also wasn’t a favourite. The direction by Conrad Alexandrowicz was good and the set /costumes were terrific. However, this 1940s play by Jean Giraudoux didn’t appeal to me at all – it seemed stiff and dated. It’s a puzzler, and the script was extremely well reviewed at the time. Do you ever go to the theatre and feel you’re completely missing something in a show that’s been acclaimed? That was my experience.
I also caught Kaleidoscope Theatre’s 88 Keys on Saturday night, a fund-raiser for the company featuring performances of show-tunes. The standout was soprano Anna Shill. This young woman knows how to sing – great projection and acting ability too. I hope Pacific Opera uses her in an upcoming show…!
PS – did you see Onegin at the Belfry? That was one of the best shows I’ve seen there – definitely top 10 in the last few decades.
Stay tuned for occasional thoughts on plays and what not.