All those who didn’t come to ‘(Un)Lucky in Love’, presented by Acting Up in Rye on Friday 13th missed a very special evening of wonderful food and music. The ‘hor d’oeuvres, accompanied with champagne, was a group of predominantly Bizet songs and a superb performance by Adrian Powter, making a welcome return to Rye, of Abendstern from Wagner’s Tannhauser. The set culminated with a dramatic rendition of the famous Pearl Fishers duet when Adrian was joined by tenor Richard Roberts who is currently performing with the English National Opera.
The audience then feasted on generous servings of delicious chicken and chorizo casserole which, judging by the offers of ‘seconds being accepted, was thoroughly enjoyed.
Now came the Italian section. The singers seemed to relish performing in this language. Beautiful nuances of lyrics and musical interpretation flowed warmly from them all. The tour de force was Mozart’s ‘Soave sia il vento’ from Cosi fan tutte. The trio of Sally Harrison, Anna Harvey and Adrian moulding together to produce a truly exquisite interpretation.
There followed a mouth-watering tiramisu and cream. Sarah Givertz, you worked wonders in that kitchen. While nibbling on Viennese biscuits, which accompanied coffee, came the finale.
This eclectic choice of songs demonstrated each singer’s strengths most successfully. Anna delighted all with her performance of Walton’s ‘The Bear.’ The wonderfully romantic ‘Serenade’ from the Student Prince sung by Richard and then Sally’s dramatic presentation of ‘It’s My Wedding’ from Dove’s The Enchanted Pig, almost stole the show. But the brilliant climax came with a truly glorious performance of Verdi’s quartet, ‘Bella figlia d’amore’. This difficult piece was sung with beautiful musicality. Each singer listening to the others and together producing the most exquisitely performed number of the evening. Stunning.
A really special night held together by compere Alexander Hunt and accompanist, David Eaton who was also musical director. Thank you ‘Acting up in Rye’ for giving the town such a treat.