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Orphée/Orpheus: Aristeus (Rodrigo Monardes) & Eurydice (Yanick Alexandre) rehearse their roles while awaiting a scene call.

Orphée/Orpheus: Aristeus (Rodrigo Monardes) & Eurydice (Yanick Alexandre) rehearse their roles while awaiting a scene call.

“The best MWOS show I have seen in 35 years…” (Friday, May 4th show)

The production of “Orpheus in the Underworld” at the Rialto was the best MWOS show I have seen in 35 years recording this group.  The soloists were simply stunning. The chorus was tight and very well rehearsed and presented. 3 more shows !!! Make them as amazing as Friday and you’ll have to take this show to Broadway.  Very, very impressive.   (David Bloomer, Recording Engineer)

Astonished and delighted to see the Orpheus show…” (Saturday, May 5th Show)

We were both astonished and delighted to see the Orpheus show last night: astonished and delighted because never having seen one of your productions, I/we expected a rather amateurish presentation (I say that because the sometime expected standard of G&S productions is of high-school grade.)

We did not expect the professional approach your production gave us. What a delight. The vocal level is first-class; each of the leads bowled us over with their extraordinary voices – each one. The part of Aristaeus/Pluto played by Mr. Monardes was done with great elan and comedic flair. The most unusual voice of Etienne-Cousineau was amazing as well as his acting; his dancing in the can-can number was hysterical – what a find!  Each soprano was also a delight – individually! Euridice: Yanick Alexandre, sang with great ease and the aigu of that voice was effortless, then to hear the other featured sopranos ‘holding their own’ in the same vein- wow!  Mr. Iannacone as Orpheus had a fine sense of the part – violinist and disillusioned husband of unhappy Euridice – and sang his rather difficult part in fine voice.

The orchestra, as small as it was, played beautifully and easily matched the power of the large choral ensembles. The basis being Mr. Kwong’s solid accompaniment. The hayseed part was played with just the right comic twang.   Need I say more?  (Bob Peters, singer)