Review: March Concert, Tickhill Music Society

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Opera came to Tickhill Music Society’s March concert and provided a highly entertaining and hugely enjoyable evening of music. The four singers (Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor and Bass) were ably supported and firmly underpinned by excellent piano accompaniment. The evening began with several selections from The Marriage of Figaro starting with a trio and followed by two solos for a perky Cherubini, a soul searching lament from the bass, the letter duet for Susanna and the Countess and a solo for Susanna.

In sharp contrast there followed several extracts from the opera by Lennox Berkeley called The Dinner Engagement. The first half ended with the wonderful farewell trio from Cosi fan tutte, the two ladies pleading for soft breezes to blow for the two lovers sailing away.

The second half began with extracts from the ever opera Carmen, including three spirited favourites and a lesser known duet for soprano and tenor. The solo spot for the pianist was the Liebestod by Wagner, arranged by Liszt with characteristic decorations, sensitively played by the pianist. A favourite Puccini aria for the soprano was followed by two Gilbert and Sullivan items to round off the concert - a suitably bucolic Buttercup and a finale from The Sorcerer for the whole team.

The singers were excellent with the ebullient bass providing introductions and amusing comments. The accomplished performances by all the singers, ably supported by sensitive piano accompaniment and with several items being presented theatrically, made the whole evening most rewarding.