Vermont opera abounds

Of the remainder of the cast (space precludes my mentioning them each by name even though they deserve such mention). The chorus, under the direction of Tim Tavcar (formerly of the Vergennes Opera House), sang well and participated in the stage action peerlessly.

The orchestra was as good as an orchestra gets under the conductor Jacques Lacombe, who obviously knew the score and knew how to transmit his knowledge both to the players and to the singers on stage for optimal results, yet without micromanaging either group.

I do not know Ellen Douglas Schlaefer and have not seen her directorial deftness before, but she is an incredibly gifted stage director. How lucky for the young singers to be able to work with her to bring the audience the gift of such a performance as we witnessed.

The costumes and wigs complemented the production and made it work. This was especially true of Katrina Corbeil's Marcellina, who had a wonderful pompadour ever at her command.

Taras Kulish is the impresario of this increasingly capable company. May he prosper in his personal career as a bass-baritone, but may thrive also as the producer/impresario who pulls performances such as this out of his hat, to the delight and pleasure of those of us fortunate enough to live where the Green Mountain Opera Company is so available to us.

Kudos, kudos and more kudos to all and sundry, especially to the angels who bring down bread from heaven so that we mortals may taste of the operatic paradise.

Burlington resident Dan Wolfe observes and critiques the local arts scene for The Eagle. His column appears weekly.

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