An enthusiastic audience at Tickhill Music Society was treated to a night at the opera by four maestros at the last concert of the season – Clare Wheat (soprano), Sally Perkins (mezzo soprano), David Watkin – Holmes (tenor) and Thomas D Hopkinson (bass). They were brilliantly accompanied by Jonathan Gooing at the piano, who also gave informative and entertaining introductions to each group of songs.
The group took the audience on an operatic journey, starting with Handel and finishing with Britten. The pieces were not delivered in statuesque fashion but were acted out, with (for example) Rodolfo and Mimi from La Bohème continuing their duet out of sight as they left the make-believe garret. For any not familiar with opera the concert was an insight into the delights of this art form; for opera buffs it was an opportunity to revel in familiar arias by Verdi, Mozart and Puccini.
The evening was rounded off with a rousing encore in the form of the toast to champagne from Die Fledermaus, which perfectly captured the mood of the audience.