Review: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida, 31 July 2013

Photo credit Rachel Keegan

Photo credit Rachel Keegan

The first production I took part in at this year’s International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival was Princess Ida, with Peak Opera. I played the role of Melissa, who along with her mother Lady Blanche, was of fiery French descent.

I had performed with Peak Opera in 2012 as a fairy in their Iolanthe and so I was very excited to see familiar faces from the previous year – and to meet some new ones!

The day of the performance coincided, for the second-year running, with my birthday – and what a fabulous birthday it was! I definitely celebrated turning the big 2 1 in style.

I was also delighted to learn that Angela Lowe (Lady Blanche) and I won the award for Best Duet with our rendition of “Now wouldn’t you like to rule the roast” in Act II!

“The interaction between Lady Blanche and Melissa concerning the new girls (one unusually a baritone and another smoking cigars) was nicely played…Melissa’s excitable charm was endearing when confronted by her mother and earlier when recognising her brother with his companions.” (Raymond J Walker, Seen and Heard International: http://www.seenandheard-international.com/2013/08/03/good-balance-between-orchestra-and-singers-in-princess-ida/)

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