If you happen to missed the boat in 2018 don’t despair – Lorelei is again this month, and it seems as if it received’t be foundering on the COVID-19 rocks. Phrase unfold so shortly when the three sirens first made their engaging look that it turned inconceivable to e book a passage in the direction of the tip of the season. Now, they’re again.
Of the numerous musical and theatre occasions I attended that yr, Lorelei would have simply rated in my prime 5 experiences. On each degree it was top notch. For the discerning, it got here as no shock that Lorelei attracted a number of Inexperienced Room Awards. It’s value taking a look at Ali McGregor’s (open) Fb web page. Soprano and cabaret star, she is without doubt one of the alluring trio and initiator of the undertaking. She responded to the gong with: “I do know awards imply nothing however the truth that Lorelei has been nominated for six Inexperienced Room awards fills me with a lot delight. Particularly that in three of these classes: manufacturing, design and course we’re nominated towards just one different exceptional manufacturing – Opera Australia’s Meistersingers of Nuremberg. A HUGE manufacturing. And us – the little present with a very Aussie solid, creatives and crew. It is a huge factor. And it’s a very good factor. It may be achieved!!” Effectively mentioned, Ali McGregor.
It’s one thing of an irony that Lorelei was up towards a Wagner opera given the provenance of the story. In his 1801 ballad, Clemens Brentano tells of the gorgeous Lore Lay who, betrayed by her lover and unjustly accused of bewitching males, falls to her demise within the Rhine from the rock which bears her title. Heinrich Heine developed his concept to depict a feminine who distracts sailors together with her magnificence and track, inflicting them to die when their ships crash on the rocks beneath. In Victorian Opera’s model, the three Lorelei have a disaster of conscience, questioning whether or not this relentless destruction ought to proceed. Ought to they hold singing to their doom these complicit in an oppressive patriarchal society?
Ali McGregor introduced a powerful workforce collectively for Lorelei: Casey Bennetto (Keating! The Musical) and Gillian Cosgriff (8 Songs in 8 Weeks), who wrote the witty, incisive libretto; Julian Langdon (Seven Lethal Sins), composer of an interesting mix of tango, pop, and classical music; set and costume designer Marg Horwell; lighting designer Paul Jackson; sound designer Paul Jackson; and Sarah Giles, who continues as director.
As could be seen from the pictures, Marg Horwell’s costumes are characters in their very own proper. They’re metaphorically very a lot integral to the story in addition to offering among the most hilarious alternatives for the three divas to show their comedic abilities. They’ve a ball. As Horwell explains, “Every Lorelei wears a dressing up impressed by runway collections from main worldwide style homes. Dimity Shepherd’s gown relies on the newest assortment from Italian designer Giambattista Valli, which featured excessively romantic robes with acres of tulle. Ali McGregor’s costume is a homage to Alexander McQueen and Antoinette Halloran’s robe takes inspiration from the disproportionate shoulder seems of Viktor&Rolf. The costumes are a lure inside a lure, one other obstacle, one other manner of trapping your self on the rock.”
Whereas it’s positively for a mature viewers, Victorian Opera justifiably spruiks this Operatic Cabaret as: “With its lush rating, spectacular costumes and 75-minute runtime, Lorelei is the right opera for first timers and lovers of cabaret and music theatre alike. Their siren track is to die for, don’t miss the boat!” I can not suggest Lorelei extremely sufficient.
Lorelei might be carried out with out an interval on the Palais Theatre, St Kilda on June 29 and 30, and July 1 and a pair of, at 7.30pm. It is going to be sung in English with surtitles. As per authorities tips masks should be carried always. Masks should be worn indoors, together with throughout a efficiency.