Gilbert & Sullivan: Ruddigore

Gilbert & Sullivan: Ruddigore

by Michael Borowitz
     
 
The recording of Ohio Light Opera's 2009 production of "Ruddigore" is of special interest because it includes the spoken dialogue and because of the quality of several of the soloists' performances. The inclusion of the dialogue is always risky when non-British performers are involved, but the actors here pull it off admirably, and in

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The recording of Ohio Light Opera's 2009 production of "Ruddigore" is of special interest because it includes the spoken dialogue and because of the quality of several of the soloists' performances. The inclusion of the dialogue is always risky when non-British performers are involved, but the actors here pull it off admirably, and in several cases, with real panache and giddy humor. Generally, the dialogue is more consistently delivered than the singing, which is always at least adequate, but of variable quality. There are very fine performances by Gilbert and Sullivan veteran baritone Frederick Reeder, and capable newcomers, mezzo-soprano Sahara Glasener-Boles, baritone Ted Christopher, and soprano Cecily Ellis. Michael Borowitz's frequently sluggish conducting misses the fun of the variety of moods that Sullivan's score offers and doesn't provide the drama it requires. He is hampered (as Ohio Light Opera recordings tend to be) by having a reduced string section to work with, which sounds feeble and causes balance problems with the winds. The thin sound and occasionally dubious intonation of the strings are especially problematic in "Ruddigore," which contains some of the darkest and most menacing music Sullivan wrote, and which should sound grandly dramatic. The size of the chorus also diminishes the impact of the opera, especially the ghosts' splendid music of the second act, "Painted emblems of a race," and "When the night wind howls," which should be threateningly sinister, but comes across as merely puny. The set's strongest appeal should be to Gilbert and Sullivan fans who want the dialogue along with the music, but overall, musically, it is no substitute for the excellent 1987 New Sadler's Wells recording or even the 1962 D'Oyly Carte version.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/08/2009
Label:
Albany Records
UPC:
0034061116424
catalogNumber:
1164
Rank:
148687

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  1. Ruddigore (The Witch's Curse), operetta  - Arthur Sullivan  - William Schwenk Gilbert  -  Ohio Light Opera Orchestra  -  Ted Christopher  -  Ted Christopher  - Sahara Glasener  - Sahara Glasener  - Gary Moss  - Gary Moss  - Jessie Wright Martin  - Jessie Wright Martin  - Frederick Reeder  - Frederick Reeder  - Kyle Knapp  - Kyle Knapp  - Jacob Allen  - Jacob Allen  - Karla Hughes  - Karla Hughes  - Tania Mandzy  - Tania Mandzy  - Cecily Ellis  - Cecily Ellis  - Michael Borowitz  - Anthony Buck  - Anthony Buck  - Dennis Jesse  - David Kelleher-Flight  - David Kelleher-Flight  - Ashley Evans  - Ashley Evans  - Allison Toth  - Allison Toth  - Chelsea Basler  - Chelsea Basler  - Cory Clines  - Cory Clines  - Courtney Miller  - Courtney Miller  - Galeano Salas  - Galeano Salas  - Jacqueline Komos  - Jacqueline Komos  - Nina Takacs  - Nina Takacs  - Philip McLeod  - Philip McLeod  - Sara Ann Mitchell  - Sara Ann Mitchell  - Raina Thorne  - Raina Thorne  - Todd Strange  - Todd Strange  - W. Russell Flint  - Zack Rabin  - Zack Rabin

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