|Omar Bowey, Elena Heimur, Joseph DiSalle, Roberto Borgatti, Veronica Loiacono, Jodi Karem, Patricia Vital, Walter Hartman and D'Ariel Barnard|
She spoke of marching songs, drinking songs, romance, intrigue, silly plots and ravishing high notes--all of which we heard and enjoyed last night. The names of Sigmund Romberg, Rudolf Friml, Victor Herbert, Franz Lehar and Johann Strauss Junior may or may not be familiar to you but they certainly were to your grandparents and possibly your parents. These operettas were written about a century ago and merit revival as much as the zarzuelas we wrote about in our last entry.
Many of the singers last night were written about last week and we were delighted to hear them sing these treasures with neither amplification nor a whiff of irony. Once again, Robert Wilson was the versatile accompanist.
Soprano Elena Heimur showed a fine voice and significant versatility in selections from Romberg's The New Moon, both in her solo and in a duet with the ardent tenor Joseph DiSalle entitled "Lover Come Back to Me". It was so heartfelt that we were glad that he came back!
We have already put next Sunday evening's program on our calendar and so should you. It will comprise readings of Shakespeare's texts and selections from operas based on his plays. It promises to be a compelling evening.
ⓒ meche kroop