Two Weddings, One Bride ★★★½
Opera Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne, until November 10
With double entendres abounding, outrageous accents and a farcical plot involving one identical twin being kidnapped by pirates and the other fake-marrying two men to save her father from debt collectors, Opera Australia’s Two Weddings, One Bride could be the silliest thing the national opera company has ever performed. But it’s surprisingly satisfying.
The piece is a “jukebox operetta”, where composer Robert Andrew Greene has brought together the style’s biggest hits in one frivolous but entirely harmless, light-hearted romp. There’s Lehar’s Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, the Laughing Song and Champagne Song from Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Vilja from The Merry Widow, and Offenbach’s Can-Can among other sparkling favourites.
This cast includes some of the company’s brightest young stars. In her first lead outing, Zoe Drummond is charming, her soprano bright and attractive.