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The Mikado. (Opera in Review: Edmonton).

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado received a delightful production by Edmonton Opera, making it one of the company's best shows in several seasons. The dialogue was miked but the singing was not, and there were surtitles for everything--definitely the right decisions.

David Gately's staging was lively, inventive and witty; and only once did the comic business intrude too much on the singing (Katisha's "0 living I"). The three principal comic roles were exceptionally well acted and sung by Steven Pitkanen (Pish-Tush), Thomas Goerz (Pooh-Bah) and Curt Olds (Ko-Ko). Benjamin Butterfield made a splendid Nanki-Poo, charmingly matched by Jennie Such's Yum-Yum. Rebecca Haas proved to have the requisite heft for Katisha, and the other soloists were fine as well.

Sets designed by Tony Fanning (for Eugene, Oregon) were brightly colored and at rakish angles, which proved playfully amusing. The chorus was unusually good, with really sturdy voices, and relished its stage business. Resident conductor Peter Dala led a top-notch performance with the Edmonton Symphony
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Author:Charles, John
Publication:Opera Canada
Article Type:Opera Review
Date:Jun 22, 2003
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