‘If Bernstein had still be alive, he would have danced too’
Michael White, Music Critic
Review of ‘Candide’ – West Green House Opera July 2018
The 2018 West Green House Opera Season took place between July 20th and July 29th 2018 and featured new productions of ‘Candide’ (Bernstein), ‘Madama Butterfly’ (Puccini) and ‘Bataclan’ (Offenbach), together with two Midday Music concerts, two concerts featuring the works of Cole Porter and Noel Coward and a Celebrity Lunch with Gyles Brandreth. The Season celebrated the core mission of West Green House Opera – to give a professional platform to emerging artists, supported by established artists and outstanding creative teams in a nurturing and supportive artistic environment surrounded by the beautiful gardens at West Green House in Hampshire. For 2018, the theatre was relocated to the meadow adjacent to West Green House, offering a wider performance space, easier access and a breathtaking view of the rarely seen facade of the House.
Critics and audiences alike applauded the ambitious new productions, describing Candide as ‘bonkers but brilliant’, the performance of Fflur Wyn as Cunegonde possessing ‘oodles of character’ and Ben McAteer as ‘simply brilliant’. Katie Bird was recognised as ‘magnificent’ in the lead role in Madama Butterfly complemented by Robyn Lyn Evans as a brilliantly expansive tenor as Pinkerton, and Robert Davies, with his splendid baritone, provides an immensely sensitive portrayal of Sharpless’. Further national coverage included David Mellor writing in the Mail on Sunday who assessed ‘It’s a tribute to West Green House Opera, operating on a shoestring, that Candide’s many strengths were so effectively realised.’
The dates and repertoire for the 2019 West Green House Opera Season will be announced shortly. Please check this website regularly for updates.