Amelia Goes to the Ball

by Gian CarloMenotti

Produced by the Music Director, William Bell

Performances at Poulton Village Hall; Chantry High School, Martley, Worcs. and the Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham.

Cast: AMELIA, Maria Lancaster; THE HUSBAND, Martin Rutter, THE LOVER, Colin McKerracher

REVIEW: AMELIA GOES TO THE BALL

THE WILTS. & GLOUCESTERSHIRE STANDARD

It is always a pleasure to hear music conducted by William Bell, Bel Canto music director. The more modern music of this first surviving opera by the Italian-American composer has an astringent quality, no bad thing for those who like to be cacooned by more familiar classical music. Bell, this year conducting his 100th opera, took the orchestra through this eternal triangle romp at a rapid pace and the musicians seemed to enjoy the challenge of something less familiar. There is never a dull moment with the elegant 1930s sets and clothes, not to mention a bottle crashing over the husband’s head. Maria Lancaster as Amelia sang like the proberbial lark and managed to look appealing even with those unflattering "head phone" plaits. Vigorous music, the strong voices of Martin Rutter and Colin McKerracher, the visual appeal and the more ticklish elements of farce made a pleasing confection of this age-old story.

Ann Morrow

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