Reviewed by Paula Citron
Toronto Operetta Theatre
Music by Johann Strauss
English version by Ruth and Thomas Martin
Conducted Derek Bate
Directed by Guillermo Silva-Marin
Performed by Lucia Cesaroni, Laura Albino, Keith Klassen, Adam Luther, Andrew Rethazi, Mark Petracchi, Gregory Finney Guillermo Silva-Marin and Justin Ralph
Jane Mallett Theatre
Dec. 28, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011
The first thing to notice in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus is a marked improvement in diction. The singers actually produce words.
This production belongs to the tenors. Keith Klassen gets to show off his excellent vocal chops as Alfred, while Adam Luther makes a fine Gabriel Eisenstein. Also shining through is conductor Derek Bate and his snappy tempi, although the bowing unity of the violins is a bit shaky.
The rest of the young cast hold their own in vocal skills, and since everyone can act, it makes for a lively production. Director Guillermo Silva-Marin keeps things hopping, if not dancing. I know I always make fun of Silva-Marin’s choreographic skills, but one day, the company may actually afford a choreographer.
In short, there are a lot of laughs and some great music. This production is a very good way to see in the New Year.
Die Fledermaus continues at the Jane Mallett Theatre until Jan. 9.