A comic operette in one act by French composer Georges Bizet, with soprano, mezzo, tenor and baritone. The young man Silvio comes to the mayor's house in various disguises in order to win the hand of the mayor's daughter, Laurette.
Aged eighteen, Bizet won a competition organised by Offenbach to write an operetta. It was to be based on a libretto which was a French adaptation of Sheridan's St Patrick's Day. The result was Le doctor Miracle. This charming, lively, fizzing piece contains echoes of Rossini and gives us a foretaste of Bizet's most famous opera Carmen, extracts of which will be served up as a delicious musical dessert, perfectly complimenting the French bistro feel.
The plot is simple, elements of which are familiar with better known operas such The Barber of Seville (young lovers thwart their elders' attempts to keep them apart). There's a link here to our previous production, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, and our forthcoming production of Mozart's Così fan tutte in which disguise and 'medical miracles' feature prominently for comic effect.
A rare chance to see this little gem! Comedy, tunes and madcap laughs galore. There's even a quartet about an omelette...
Basically, book tickets now. If only because some of these voices may be stars in ten years’ time, and you can say you saw them first, singing out of a window onto Dean Street.
The Public Reviews*****
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