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Review: A morning to remember

posted 1 Jul 2013, 20:57 by Thomas Friberg
The West Australian - 28 June 2013 

Reviewer: Neville Cohn 
Opera Concert
His Majesty's Theatre

One of the most rewarding aspects of working as a music critic is encountering and identifying remarkable new musical talent. A few months ago, at the University of WA's Callaway Auditorium, I heard for the first time the voice of Caitlin Cassidy.

I was astonished and delighted at the artistry evident in her singing and wondered how this voice would fare in a much bigger auditorium.

On Wednesday, at a crowded His Majesty's Theatre, I listened again to, and marvelled at Cassidy's sheer beauty of tone as well as her ability to instantly evoke whatever mood was appropriate to the moment. As a rule, I'm not a betting man but I would unhesitatingly put money on this remarkable voice.

In Cruda Sorte! from Rossini's Italian Girl in Algiers She was phenomenal. And in Alto's Lament by Heisler and Goldrich, in which an alto complains that it is the sopranos who always get the best melodies, she brought the house down.

Here, as throughout the program, Lochlan Brown was beyond reproach as accompanist although his Granados solo might
have been heard to better advantage with the lid of the grand piano fully open.

WA Opera does important work in providing opportunities for up-and-coming singers and this was much in evidence not only in Cassidy's fine offerings but those of soprano Emma Pettemerides, tenor Richard Symons and baritone Thomas Friberg. The trio's offering of Never-Mind the Why and Wherefore from Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore was a delight - and in I Feel Pretty from West Side Story, Pettemerides, Cassidy and Symons triggered an ovation.

Bouquets to director Margrete Helgeby for her imaginative deployment of the singers. The lighting design, too, enhanced the pleasure of a most worthwhile Morning Melodies.