Karnak Playhouse Director, Diane Cilento has pulled out all the stops to bring to Port Douglas one of Mozart’s most lavish, fun-filled operas, The Marriage of Figaro. This comes as the region is still reeling from the effects of cyclone Yasi and relentless rain over the last few months. Karnak Playhouse itself has been badly affected by these conditions; funds raised from this event will go towards restoring it to its former pristine condition.
What better time, then, than to dress up and attend a sparkling production of Mozart’s classic comedy directed by the renowned Tessa Bremner. A feast for the ears and eyes, it features an instrumental ensemble sharing theatrical and musical honours with Co-Opera’s finest singers all beautifully dressed in period wardrobe with a difference – faintly comic, yet utterly respectful to its performance tradition.
Co-Opera’s performance, under the musical direction of Brian Chatterton, gives newcomers an opportunity to experience the delights of the drama and the music at close quarters.
This production has had wonderful reviews: “The singing and acting was excellent throughout…. The costumes, with beehive head-dresses, exaggerated commedia make-up and a dress sense appropriate for each class of character made for the intelligent comedy that this opera is.” Frank McKone, Canberra Critics Circle
“…the instrumental ensemble that provided sustained excellence in their orchestral accompaniment, maintaining the careful dynamic balance between singers and instruments. Their (Co-Opera’s) performance of The Marriage of Figaro conveyed above all, the deep commitment of these young performers to create a fine operatic experience.” Jennifer Gall, Canberra Times