“When the buds are blossoming…”
It’s partway through Spring and almost Summer and we thought you’d like to see this lovely madrigal from our 2019 production of Ruddigore! “When the buds are blossoming,” featuring Brett Kroeger, MIchael Costantino. Wendy Falconer, Chris Heatherington and Gisella Surapine
“This very night…”
Just before the Act I Finale of HMS Pinafore, Gilbert has everyone singing this menacing little chant, as Josephine and Ralph are about to elope.
Then the women begin singing it twice as fast, while the men sing it as the rhythmic accompaniment. It finishes up with everyone singing it twice as fast, and leads into the Act I Finale.
Scenes from our April, 2019 production of “Ruddigore”
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“The Troupers Light Opera gave lower Fairfield County a real treat this past weekend: Gilbert and Sullivan’s infrequently performed Ruddigore, a diamond in the rough if ever there was one. It is performed again this Saturday, April 13. Don’t miss it!”
As in H.M.S. Pinafore last season, the cast here is particularly strong. David Richy, as Niccolù, and Brett Kroeger, as Amiam, effortlessly fill the hall with their ebullient sound. Richy’s voice is more evenly placed over his vocal range, giving it a fine sheen; once again Kroeger is totally and delightfully square into the G & S style, both vocally and dramatically, radiant as the sun and moon she sings about. Under the direction of Keith Miller, each creates a believable character, but they also partner well with each other through the many tests their relationship must endure over the course of the opera.