Music Review: Bright Lights and Big Dreams

By | November 13, 2022

With friends Ben Mingay (bass/baritone) and Antoinette Halloran (soprano), in addition to a bunch of native singers, Vivid lights and large desires was performed by State Opera Inventive Director Stuart Maunder. Subtitled “Nice Moments in Musical Theatre”, it’s definitely impressed by well-known works acquainted to the general public and the opening quantity, “Comedy Tonight” (from A humorous factor occurred on the way in which to the discussion board), indicated that it meant to supply selection. All performances had the assist of the complete Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performed by Anthony Hunt.

Musicals are particular in a method. It would not be pure for real-life characters to all of the sudden swap between dialogue and tune to precise their emotions. But if the phrases – spoken or sung – and the music go collectively in musical theatre, audiences are completely happy to take them as an entertaining complete. Disbelief is suspended.

Particular person songs can clearly create highly effective emotional responses. Though encountered as stand-alone snippets, present tunes nonetheless evoke elements of the bigger narrative and the characters’ journeys. It is highly effective stuff, as State Opera has confirmed with works by Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim. The theme of aspiration was on the coronary heart of many songs, together with in present enterprise, therefore the title of this live performance.

State Opera Vivid lights and large desires. Picture: Frankie the Inventive

Many of the forged joined in to current finely matched voices in “Ohio” (from great metropolis), and there was a touching duet “If I cherished you” (Carousel) by Mingay and Desiree Frahn that even included falling flowers. “There isn’t a such factor as a girl” (South Pacific) could appear dated now, however it was a strong reminder of occasions previous, together with the required performing from the unique.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Road was properly represented, with three tunes, and Halloran was in a position to reprise her function as Mrs. Lovett in pleasant style. As anticipated, there have been favorites like “Tonight” (West Facet Story) and “An enchanted night” (South Pacific), and the entire firm delivered an exuberant model of “Oklahoma” (Oklahoma!).

Mingay and Halloran had been joined by a bunch of native singers. Picture: Frankie the Inventive

Adelaide soprano Jessica Dean has at all times been a particular pleasure to listen to, and there have been some blazing moments the place all of the singers got here collectively to contribute properly to the songs. That stated, the flexibility of headliners Mingay and Halloran was a key factor within the viewers which clearly savored Vivid lights and large desires.

A tune that lasts can produce not solely prompt recognition, however actual tingles of enjoyment. One among them was “You may By no means Stroll Alone” by Carousel – a pleasant strategy to finish a really satisfying present for musical aficionados.

State Opera offered Vivid Lights and Massive Goals at Her Majesty’s Theater on November 11-12.

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