1996

DOCTOR MIRACLE by Bizet

Directed by Tom Boyd - Music Director: William Bell

"Bizet's hilarious farce...absolutely fantastic...a marvellously funny quartet on the making of an omelette". Gloucstershire ECHO

"witty and sophisticated... a delightfully high standard...a sparkling production which left us in an ebullient mood." Wilts. & Gloucestershire STANDARD

Performances at the Arts Centre, Fairford, The Poulton Village Hall, and the Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Reviews below.

Cast: David Purcell as The MAYOR OF PADUA, Susan Black as his wife, VERONICA, Maria Lancaster as his daughter, LAURETTA, and David Bennett as her lover SILVIO.

 

REVIEWS OF DR. MIRACLE

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ECHO

"Music lovers in Cheltenham have been exceptionally lucky recently...Bel Canto Opera has brought us Bizet's hilarious farce, Dr. Miracle, and Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti...both are absolutely fantastic. Human relationships are explored with a frothy lightness in this stylistic Bizet, in which the centrepiece is a marvellously funny quartet on the making of an omelette. Talk about opera for the masses, there should be crowds flocking to see and hear these gems"

Gillian Lewis

THE WILTS. & GLOUCESTERSHIRE STANDARD
"Directed by Tom Boyd , the show was witty and sophisticated... a delightfully high standard, but no wonder, with Gloucestershires’s premier diva, Susan Black, as Veronica the Mayor’s wife. Maria Lancaster as the daughter was pert and strong and David Purcell as her father , the mayor of Padua, lent just the right weight. One hilarious scene, rather a send-up of grand opera, revolved around a real if curious omelette. In all, a sparkling production which left us in an ebullient mood."

Ann Morrow

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