This evening at the opera organized by Miss Stephanie Robertson was a triumph. A small group of us ladies attended the Portland Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro.
The set was a star on its own, a delicate dance of perspective, light and colour that transported the audience into this delightful comedy. The artistry and taste was flawless in the design of the stage, and the light cast in from the windows painted a golden hue onto the actors as they plied their artistry.
The cast was tremendous, the principals true stars. The handsome David Pittsinger swaggered across the stage in his flowing frock coat, the very essence of the Count Almaviva, pursuing the elegant Susanna (Miss Jennifer Aylmer) whose clear, bell of a voice trilled out over the audience in song. The sly Figaro, played by Daniel Mobbs, handsome in side-curls and a striped waistcoat, was performed with expertise by the actor, and the voices of all were resplendent. Jennifer Holloway’s portrayal of the mischievous Cherubino was comic genius.
The orchestra was so unbelievably good and on-point, so beautifully intertwined with the singers on stage. The musicians were conducted to perfection by Ari Pelto.
There was not enough time to sit and absorb all the wonderful details hidden throughout the production; from the beautiful costumes to the talent and humour of these wonderful actors and operatic artists. The ten of us were delighted by the performance. It has been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a good opera, and the Portland Opera did not disappoint.
There are still performances available for those who have not seen this wonderful production. There will be shows on November 10 and November 12 at the Keller Auditorium. The Keller Auditorium was a generous and kind host to our group, and welcomed us kindly. We hope to return to see more beautiful performances soon with other members of the ORS.
We took few photos, but once we do gather the one or two of them together, I will place them on this post.