By Franz Lehar. Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria. Director: Robert Ray. Musical Director: John Ferguson. Alexander Theatre, Monash University. April 16 – 18, 2015
This was a sumptuous production. The sets were striking, the costumes magnificent, particularly the Pontevedrian ones, the direction effective and ensemble singing tight. There were nine young dancers, three of them male, who added immeasurably to the show. The orchestra was excellent.
When directing The Merry Widow myself I struggled to find a workable translation. Director Robert Ray has, with permission, made changes which made for an effective show, including substituting a finale from another Lehar operetta. It worked very well.