26 January 2016
The event was very well attended and very much enjoyed. The operetta was divided into two parts, with an interpolation from Paur as the finale of the first part.
All in all, the performance quality of the singers and the conductor was honorable, knowing of the difficulties of working with amateurs. The first act did not go too smoothly in some parts, e.g., the insecurity in the voices of the home-coming knights, however, the second act surprised with very confident and rhythmically correct singing of the ladies. The orchestra could have played less forcefully in some parts. All soloists were applauded enthusiastically and the ladies were presented with bouquets and glorious flower baskets. The performance took place on a well-presented improvised stage.
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(…) The soloists moved around the stage as if they are home on it. They performed with accuracy, freshness, naturalness and verve. The chorus parts were just as excellently done. The stage scenery and costumes were very appropriate.
“The same operetta was performed last year with the same cast. It was a success again. The choral performances were excellent. The soloists sang with beautiful, fresh voices. Although the first act was a little shaky, for example the homecoming ‘Knights’ seemed quite frightened and insecure in their march, the second act with the surprisingly strong and steady women’s voices made up for it. The orchestra could have been a bit more discreet in some parts, which would have been more effective for the whole performance. All soloists were enthusiastically applauded, and the women soloists were given splendid flower bouquets. The two duets in the second act, the women’s choruses, and the finale chorus were the most memorable parts of the excellent performance. We feel confident in saying that the elaborate costumes, and the youthfulness and beauty of the performers would have been appropriate to entertain European monarchs.”