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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Opera Roanoke brought us a treasure
On Sunday afternoon, a sold-out house, a group of outstanding principals and two fine choruses thoroughly enjoyed Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance." Indeed, it seemed to this audience member that the characters onstage were having just as much fun as the folks they were playing to.
Mounted by Opera Roanoke, "Pirates" was a delightful treat and an example of ensemble acting and singing at their very best. Granted, there were brilliant principal moments: Ariana Wyatt (Mabel) and her titillating coloratura soprano trills and Bradley Smoak's outstanding grasp of his dashing role (Pirate King).
However, it was when all the principals and well-voiced and choreographed choruses joined ranks with a super pit orchestra under the direction of Opera Roanoke's Artistic Director and Conductor Scott Williamson that "Pirates" really took off and became special.
It was a real credit to Opera Roanoke and management's efforts to bring fine operatic productions to the Roanoke Valley and its environs.
One can easily swap life in U.S. for another
I don't know what Michael Abraham's field of writing is, but it's obvious from his commentary that he has no respect for the writers and signers of our American Constitution and Bill of Rights ("Yes, the government should take your gun away," April 20).
I guess he thinks he could have done better, and he made it very plain that he thinks New Zealand did do better.
I have no money to help him on a return trip if he should decide to return to New Zealand, where he would not have to live under the "foolishness" of our Bill of Rights, but would certainly wish him an early start on that trip.
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