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    Critic Roderic Dunnett enjoys The Fairy Queen

    Feb 25, 2014

    “If everything about this production is brilliant, the cast comes near it too. The plum performance is Aidan Smith, the baritone headmaster figure: the timbres of his voice are quite gorgeous. Lilly Pappaioannou (the English Teacher, a reawakening Titania: “No, no, no kissing at all”) is an unusual, old-fashioned mezzo. The girl pupils – Grace Carter, Flore Philis – sing appetisingly throughout. Richard Latham yields one super aria as the Maths Teacher, and Helen-Jane Howells half a dozen exquisite ones, all on target, as the Science Teacher.

    The cast’s enunciation was beyond one’s wildest hopes. There are several other gems. The Sudan-born, RCM-trained Magid el Bushra, whose disembodied offstage aria (as the others evanesced) is the highlight of the entire performance.  To read the entire review, follow this link