On May 12th at Redbridge Drama Centre, new opera company Little Operations premiered their inaugural production - Mozart's THE IMPRESARIO - with a new libretto by Peter Wolf. This showcase was directed by Isabelle Hatton, musical director Michael Young.
The production tranferred to The Rosemary Branch, London, 21st - 24th September 2011.
Audience feedback from the showcase
'The show was great fun and the opera was a star! It works at so many levels and is very funny. (Tom was still laughing over "there's an old woman crying on the floor" hours after.) The cast goldentrilled their way through high Cs and acted their characters wonderfully. As a presentation of a Mozart opera it was marvellous. I have just seen COSI FAN TUTTE and watching this show I realised - for the first time - that libretto had a similar approach to this. Youthful, mischevious meaning. The "money meets, swallows and then sicks-up art" theme was delivered well and loudly appreciated. All together THE IMPRESARIO was deeply original and a hoot.'
'The evening was so well worth it. Everyone came out with that shocked little surprised smile: "Oh, we have seen something really good! And funny! And the performers...many so young, but the performance came across very clear, stylized and accomplished. Nothing extraneous. I enoyed the digs at the producing world, which even a "horrible banker" could watch and not realise he was being gently lambasted while we can watch and feel recognition that this is what is happening as the arts cuts bite. But most of all this was a bright, brilliant celebration of Mozart. And there is a woman on the floor crying!'