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A Review of “Honestly! 3 Operas, One Hour.”

A review of “Honestly! 3 Operas, One Hour.” L’arietta Productions 02 April 2016, 7pm 10 Square, Orchard Central. The Gentlemen’s Island Music by Joseph Horovitz (1925 – ), libretto by Gordon Snell Window Shopping Music by Chen Zhangyi, libretto by Jack Lin. A Hand of Bridge Music by Samuel Barber (1910-1981), libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007) Honestly! is L’arietta’s first full length production and oh boy was this a fun night! Opening with Horovitz’s 1958 opera “The Gentlemen’s Island”, Reuben Lai (Tenor) and Brent Allcock (Baritone) were an absolute joy to watch and listen to. Both artists were evidently comfortable in their comedic roles, with beautiful individual musical touches to their lines (turtle souPP and juuicy oysters anyone?). Do not however, mistake this one-act comedy opera to be musical fluff! Horovitz’s work while tonal in nature was nonetheless difficult music even though Lai and Allcock sang it with aplomb, making it sound a lot easier than it really is. The libretto was a cutting commentary on social classes and rules… two shipwrecked ‘gentlemen’ ridiculously …