G&S Opera Sydney's The Pirates of Penzance - Review

G&S Opera Sydney's The Pirates of Penzance - Review


Posted 2022-10-08 by Lynne Vertannesfollow

Fri 07 Oct 2022 - Sun 09 Oct 2022

This comic opera is not to be missed! It's vibrant, humorous, and entertaining and opens with operatic music played by the 25-piece orchestra and it's lovely to sit back and relax before the curtain rises to a colourful scene of pirate revelry. The costumes throughout the performance are amazing and the characters are very well-suited to the cast member portraying them.

The opera is in 2 acts with an intermission. Act I sees the stage set as a rocky seashore on the coast of Cornwall, England and introduces 2 of the main characters - Frederic and Ruth. Frederick, has been apprenticed since a boy to pirates, mistakenly by Ruth, his governess misheard the request to apprentice him to a pilot, not a pirate, until his 21st birthday. That day has now come and Frederic plans to leave piracy and find a pretty girl to marry and put an end to the pirates. The pirates are not baddies, they do have hearts and will not harm any orphans. The main reason why they can't capture anyone is because captees say they are orphans and the pirates have sworn never to harm one, so they let them go.When Frederic comes across some beautiful young women who have stumbled across the seashore, he immediately looks for one who will accept him. Mabel's entrance aria at this point is extraordinary. Frederic does not get the chance to whisk away his newfound love because the pirates return and want the women for themselves and capture them. The girls are spared because their father, a Major-General, declares himself an orphan and tells the pirates that his daughters are all he has and because they do not have hardened hearts, they let them go. In this scene, the Major-General delivers cleverly crafted, rapid-fire rhymes, with an inclusion of some modern-day happenings, which add a humorous touch.

Act II is set at a ruined chapel by moonlight and introduces us to the pirate hunting police. It is full of swashbuckling adventure, more fabulous singing and music - but does Frederic get to leave the pirates and win over his girl? Is Major-General Stanley really an orphan and what happens to the pirates ...

There is also an impressive vocal range that will keep you enthralled:-Frederick & Samual (Tenor)Ruth (Contralto)Pirate King & Major General Stanley (Baritone)Mabel (Soprano)Police Seargent (Bass)

I thoroughly enjoyed The Pirates of Penzance. I loved the costumes, characters, songs and music. This is a wonderful 2 hours of entertainment and all seating in the auditorium has great views of the stage. The venue has free parking available directly below the theatre and is a 5-minute walk from North Sydney railway station. During intermission, you will enjoy the $1.00 coffee/tea, $2.00 chips, $3.00 soft drinks, $2.00 water and $4.00 for bags of sweets - these prices are unheard of at any other opera venue!

With only this weekend to see this spectacular, don't hesitate to book your tickets here and if it's raining, this indoor event is perfect.

!date 07/10/2022 -- 09/10/2022
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