Review: Diss Corn Hall
Kiss Me Figaro is perhaps the Merry Opera Company’s most ambitious production yet, both in its themes and its production.
It’s a convoluted meta-show, using pieces from opera (most notably Puccini’s La Boheme and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love) to drive forward the story of romance within a touring Opera Company.
Though all acquitted themselves well, the major honours must go to Joe Morgan and Kristine Finnigan, both captivating every time they sung. Finnigan proved she could act as well as sing, as did Matthew Quirk as her estranged husband. Quirk, whose comic timing was a revelation, was the lynchpin for the sometimes wayward narrative.
And a special mention for Tom Lowe . When given his moment in the sun, he always blasts it out and is surely one of their most gifted performers.
At times, the 20th century music sat uneasily with the operatic numbers, but a mash up of styles is what the company is about, and as juke box musicals go, John Ramster has done well to integrate so many popular numbers into his storyline. This is an accessible, clever and relentlessly inventive show. DAVID VASS