Richard Alexander (The Mikado), Kanen Breen (Nanki-Poo), Taryn Fiebig (Yum-Yum), Mitchell Butel (Ko-Ko), Warwick Fyfe (Pooh-Bah) & Jacqueline Dark (Katisha)
Opera Australia Chorus & Orchestra Victoria, Brian Castles-Onion (conductor) & Stuart Maunder (director)
CD - 2 discs
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Designer: Tim Goodchild
Choreographer: Carole Todd
Lighting Designer: Derek Coutts
Perhaps the most widely-loved and hilarious of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Savoy Operas, this classic production by Opera Australia creates a fantastical, imaginary Japan. With amazingly detailed sets, lavish costumes and a fabulous cast astutely directed by Stuart Maunder, this comic operetta sparkles from beginning to end. The music is pure joy, with an amazing performance drawn from Orchestra Victoria by the superb conductor Brian Castles-Onion.
“With Kanen Breen's Nanki-Poo, all toffee-nosed accent and sunshine grins, you can at least enjoy a disciplined performer with a ringing voice; Taryn Fiebig (yum-Yum) is equally disciplined, and adroit at pointing her lines...Meanwhile, Pooh-Bah, Katisha and the Mikado all need weightier, more resonant voices to make their characters work.”
“ it is very vivid and memorable, clearly based on a live and vividly amusing production...Mitchell Butel as Ko-Ko has a very Broadway-type actor’s voice, but certainly knows what to do with it and his diction is superb...This recording will probably appeal mostly to listeners for whom the cast are well known: supporters of Australian Opera. For those of us for whom the cast are mainly just names, the recording just has too much mugging and extra-musical verbiage. Annoying or characterful, it depends on your point of view.”
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