What’s this? Three young singers clad in beach attire after a cold, wet, dreary Easter? Have the seasons gone crazy? No, it’s just three young professional soloists getting in the mood (and the costumes) for New Sussex Opera Chorus’ sparkling June production – the first of two in the highly acclaimed company’s 40th year. The opera is Donizetti’s masterpiece The Elixir of Love – sung in English, fully staged and, in a move typical of NSO’s brilliant re-imagining of classic works, with the action transplanted to the Sussex seaside.
Director David Foster seizes every opportunity for comic touches that will resonate with a Horsham audience, and those further afield, in NSO’s ambitious spring tour. In a plot that’s a good-natured exploration of the tangled webs we weave in love, David never lets us forget that this is a life-affirming comedy with a heart. And the elixir itself? Well, let’s just say it’s a classic example of the comic chaos that can ensue when one has too much of a good thing.
The music is light, joyful and fully accessible to modern ears and tastes. The soloists, like so many NSO singers before them all on the cusp of stellar careers, respond with skill and sensitivity to conductor Ben Knowles’ baton, while the NSO chorus proves, yet again, why this opera company enjoys a reputation way beyond its home turf.
Performance: Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 28 at 7.00 pm, The Capitol, Horsham. Tickets available online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com or via the Box Office: 01403 750220