November 11, 2011
Reviewed By Paula Citron
For the new opera Pub Stories, Tapestry has converted its
studio into a pub to emulate Sloans, the oldest pub in Glascow,
where the opera is set. Beer is flowing, and Scottish snacks are
for sale. Director Sue Miner has the singers wander through
the audience which is always a lot of fun.
Pub Stories has five different tales, both contemporary and
historic. Conductor Wayne Strongman accentuates composer
Gareth Williams’ restless, driving rhythms and strong melody
line. David Brock has come up with a realistic and engaging
Baritone Benjamin Covey continues to impress with his hearty
voice and excellent diction. Heather Jewson combines a fruity,
warm mezzo-soprano with a clear delivery. Tenor James
McLean’s top notes have seen better days, but he is a good
actor. Soprano Xin Wang, as usual, is hopeless at clarity, but
she is a good actress with a bright sound.
Pub Stories continues at the Ernest Balmer Studio in the
Distillery District until Saturday, Nov. 12.
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3