Pure pleasure on-line as Yarra Valley opera brings the love, not the fail


Zoe Drummond performs in the 2020 Yarra Valley Opera Festival gala.

Zoe Drummond performs within the 2020 Yarra Valley Opera Competition gala.

Some have gone on to forge effective careers; others are clearly going to if the opera world returns to pre-COVID-19 ranges. Now scattered around the globe, they joined the gala from Berlin, Dresden, Nanjing, Mexico Metropolis, London, Cardiff, Boston, Florida, Texas and San Francisco in addition to Australian cities.

Not surprisingly, three of the best had been graduates from the primary 12 months, soprano Stacey Alleaume and mezzo Sophie Yelland singing a Gounod duet and baritone Hadleigh Adams in an aria from Gregory Spears’ 2016 opera Fellow Vacationers. On the different chronological finish, baritone NuoLin OuYang, who graduated final 12 months, confirmed nice promise in an aria by the Rely from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

Actors in a video made for chamber opera "love fail" in the 2020 Yarra Valley Opera Festival.

Actors in a video made for chamber opera “love fail” within the 2020 Yarra Valley Opera Competition.Credit score:

Additionally spectacular had been soprano Jessica Harper in a Caccini track, New Zealand tenor Harry Grigg with a track from that nation’s best composer, Douglas Lilburn, and mezzo Ashlyn Tymms with a sultry account of the Habanera from Carmen. The web sound high quality was surprisingly acceptable.

On Saturday evening, GO teamed up with American experimental theatre firm Monk Parrots to current New York composer David Lang’s chamber opera love fail, a haunting a cappella work for soprano, two mezzos and contralto plus occasional percussion.

The opera is predicated on the Tristan and Isolde story, during which Lang edits quotations from Gottfried von Strassburg, Sir Thomas Malory, Richard Wagner and others and units them alongside excerpts from fashionable tales by Lydia Davis. The texts, pared to the barest minimal, are disjointed however highly effective.

The music was by turns eerie, plangent, hypnotic and ethereal, with wealthy musical textures and sonorities, and the end result was quite pretty. The singers – soprano Amelia Jones, mezzos Heather Fletcher and Belinda Paterson and contralto Alexandra, all Melbourne-based – had been splendid, and clearly spent appreciable effort getting the steadiness and mixing completely proper.

Monk Parrots’ video of a person, a younger girl and an older girl – the lovers and the partner – principally transferring slowly round a area, was extremely symbolic if generally abstruse. However it grew to become more and more evocative because the tales unfolded, and the ending was very efficient.