By Arthur Sullivan and F. C. Burnand / Pietro Mascagni. GSOV. Director: Andrew Glaubert. Musical Director: Timothy Wilson. Malvern Theatre (Vic). Nov 26 – 29, 2015.
The first season of this double bill was so successful, that Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria decided to repeat it at a different venue. Of course not everyone was available, so there were some performers new to their roles and, as it had been double cast in the first instance, many were new to me.
The Contrabandista was just as much fun the second time around, and the new Rita, Alison McIntosh-Deszcz, sang well and looked lovely. Her new Vasquez, Danny Starr, a musical theatre performer, has a very good voice, but struggled with the high tessitura.