On Saturday night, the talented young musicians of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra joined with the equally gifted emerging artists of the State Opera of SA to make beautiful music.

Performing excerpts from three famous operas, conducted by Nicholas Braithwaite, Passion is part of AdYO’s esteemed Maestro series of concerts.

Held at the State Opera studio in Netley, the production was semi-staged, with a charming minimalist set design and direction by David Lampard.

Narrated by Timothy Sexton, Passion featured the works of W.A Mozart, Johann Strauss and Richard Strauss.

Act One took us to the world of Figaro, in the comic opera Le Nozze di Figaro, which tells the story of a sordid Count (Timothy Sexton), his wife’s beautiful maid Susannah (Lisa Cannizzaro), and her comical husband to be (Jeremy Tatchell).

Using physical comedy, costume and. characterisation, the seven singers told the story of the hapless manservant and his woes.

019B6705The Adelaide Youth Orchestra supported the cast beautifully, showing why they are some of the finest young musicians in the state.

Providing light and shade to the abridged story-line, the orchestra performed a flawless delivery of one of Mozart’s most famous works.

Jeremy Tatchell showed off his comic ability, while demonstrating his remarkable range as an opera singer, and Lisa Cannizzaro played wonderfully against him as they sang us through the plot.

The James and Diana Ramsey Foundation’s emerging artists program provides young opera singers like Jeremy and Lisa with public Masterclasses, Summer and Winter Showcase concerts, Opera Studio chamber operas, education programs and corporate engagements, as well as featuring of some artists in State Opera’s Main Stage productions.

The nurturing and training of these young singers is more than apparent in their stage presence, with each performer playing their characters vividly, expressively, and with no small amount of vocal talent.

Desiree Frahn as Rosalinda
Desiree Frahn as Rosalinda

After interval, AdYO took on Di Fledermaus by Johann Strauss with some memorable moments from the singers, such as Sarah-Jane Pattichis as Adele performing the laughing song (Mein Herr Marquis, ein Mann wie Sie), and Desiree Frahn as Rosalinda with the pocket watch song (Dieser Anstand so manierlich), and her Hungarian Czardas (Klange der Heimat, ihr weckt mir das Schnen).

Closing with Richard Strauss’ love story, Der Rosenkavalier, AdYO and the operatic emerging artists had provided two hours of delightful, comical, moving, and passionate music; a tribute to conductor Nicholas Braithwaite’s devotion to the art form.

Coming up next in AdYO’s Maestro Series is Power, which will play at Elder Hall on Saturday 19th September. You can buy tickets here.

Reviewed by Libby Parker
Photos supplied by AdYO