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 Who's Martha ? A pesudonym used by Lady Harriet Durham in Flotow's opera by the same name. The audiences at Burry Port Operas performance of this seldom seen comic opera were treated to excellent entertainment last week. Melodies that were delightful and suprisingly familiar rang out around the hall with choruses, solos, duets trios and quartets in abundance.

Not an unusual plot for light opera: bored posh girl and friend tease and trick locals and instead of moving on to their next escapade they find they have both fallen in love and live happily ever after. Keeping faith with its original 18th century setting, the principals supporting the company's chorus add vibrancy and excellent interpretations to each of their roles.

Young Ben Anthony as the sheriff is one to watch in coming years, with the quality of his voice suprising for one embarking on his operatic career. Kees Huysmans stepped up to deliver the character of Sir Thomas Tristam with great comic timing and delivery. Tom Smith was Lionel, the love struck countryman falling for the high born lady. Delivering a truly beautiful rendition of "Twas the last rose of summer" the audience were left with a few silent tears on their faces from his performance. Many of us found it surprising to hear this very well known and lovely Irish air soaring from the stage, but it was not uncommon for composers at that time to include popular favourite tunes in their lighter operas. Mezzo soprano Dawn Burns gave us a rich and polished performance as fun loving Nancy. Meilyr Jones was excellent as Plunkett. The young baritone delivered such an all round performance, beautiful, rich and effortless, that the audience were lucky to have heard him. Ellen Williams positively sparkled as Lady Harriet. Her voice, delivery and acting meant that the part could have been written for Ellen. The five came together as an excellent team and effortlessly worked with the company to deliver the show.

Burry Port Opera certainly pulled a rabbit out of a hat this year. Beset with illness six days before the performance the company took the decision that rather than cancel they would deliver a semi staged performance. The result it has to be said was exceptional; a chorus (particularly the ladies section) which delivered beautiful, rousing and entertaining tunes worthy of all the direction given by musical director Ryan Lee and accompanist Roger Hart over the rehearsal  months. This opera group is the only one of its kind delivering Grand Opera in Wales. New members would get to sing with a warm and friendly group of people who clearly have fun. The Chairman is Bob John (01554 833630) and he would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to give it a go. 

Review by Powell Thomas for the Llanelli Star


Once again Burry Port came up trumps with their production of Verdi`s A Masked Ball. As soon as the orchestra started playing I knew we were in for a special evening.

The principals Robert Abate "Gustav", Catrin Aur "Amelia", Michael Dewis "Ankerstrom," Emanuela Barazia Joll "Ulrica”, Mary-Jean O`Doherty "Oscar", Gwyn Morris " Count Ribbing" Kees Huysmans, "Count Horn" Benjamin Anthony "Christian", Anita Appleton "Chief Magistrate and Shannon Treharne as "Servant to Amelia" were all in fine voice with very clear diction and superb interpretation of the story.

A well balanced and well rehearsed chorus made up the ladies and gentlemen of the court. A simple but colourful set along with some very fine costumes befitting the period added to the overall success of the production. The orchestra once again under the direction of Ryan Lee fulfilled their duties admirally. Congratulations to Keith Clarke and the production team. Certainly an evening to remember

Review by Brian Slate NODA