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Rossini's 'Il Signor Bruschino' by Lyric Opera - Review

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Rossini, Lyric Opera, Melbourne, Chapel Off Chapel, Il Signor Bruschino, Prahran, Shanul Sharma, Pat Miller, Lara Kerestes, Rebecca Rashleigh
Gaudenzio, Mariana and Sofia - photo by Kris Washusen

Last night I previewed Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino by Lyric Opera, now showing at Chapel Off Chapel until Sunday 12 June 2016. Book your tickets here.

Rossini, Lyric Opera, Melbourne, Chapel Off Chapel, Il Signor Bruschino, Prahran, Shanul Sharma, Pat Miller, Lara Kerestes, Rebecca Rashleigh
Florville pretends to be Bruschino Jnr to obtain Sofia's hand in marriage - photo by Kris Washusen

Directed by Lara Kerestes, the basic plot is that Florville (Shanul Sharma) is in love with Sofia (Rebecca Rashleigh), who is the daughter of Gaudenzio (Matt Thomas) an owner of a high class fashion house. Sofia is engaged to Bruschino Jnr (Cameron Silby) who is locked up in Filiberto's (Raphael Wong) café for his unpaid bar tabs. Florville pretends he is Bruschino Jnr in order to secure Sofia's hand in marriage.

Rossini, Lyric Opera, Melbourne, Chapel Off Chapel, Il Signor Bruschino, Prahran, Shanul Sharma, Pat Miller, Lara Kerestes, Rebecca Rashleigh
Mariana and Gaudenzio photo by Kris Washusen

Florville forges a letter to Gaudenzio from Signor Bruschino requesting that he detain his son Bruschino Jnr until he arrives. Signor Bruschino arrives and rejects Florville as his son, and the ensuing drama continues as to whether Gaudenzio will allow Sofia to marry the man she loves, rather than Bruschino Jnr who is a drunken fool.

Rossini, Lyric Opera, Melbourne, Chapel Off Chapel, Il Signor Bruschino, Prahran, Shanul Sharma, Pat Miller, Lara Kerestes, Rebecca Rashleigh
Florville, Signor Bruschino and Gaudenzio - photo by Kris Washusen

Il Signor Bruschino is a neat little 'bel canto' that runs for 75 minutes. I found it really enjoyable, colourful and comedic. I noted that no one wore lapel microphones, the vocal projection was sufficient and the orchestra was well conducted by Pat Miller to underscore the drama with a lovely Cor Anglais solo by Jasper Ly. The characterisation of Signor Bruschino (Bruce Raggat) was a highlight as were the beautiful voices of Rebecca Rashleigh and Shanul Sharma.

Get along and see Il Signor Bruschino and support Lyric Opera and independent arts.



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Why? Enjoy the colour, drama and romance of Rossini
When: 7.30pm Mon-Sat, 2.30pm Sunday
Phone: 0382907000
Where: Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran, Vic, 3181
Cost: : $49 Full, $39 Concession, $35 Under 30, $29 Child ( transaction fee)
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