TASTING NOTES

2011
Minoru Chapel, Richmond BC
An effervescent program of music devoted to the pleasures of the glass!

Soprano Heather Pawsey, pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, and flutist Kathryn Cernauskas perform Gabriel Charpentier’s chamber opera A Tea Symphony, or, The Perils of Clara – a Kitsch Opera in 9 Drinks:  the saga of a Scotch-soaked soprano who longed to play the cello, but whose evil mother forced her into flute lessons.

While performing salon music in a grand hotel, Clara recounts her musical misadventures (and colourful love life) — consuming 9 glasses of brandy in the process …Also on tap:  Merry music and scintillating surprises to please your palate!

Co-produced with the City of Richmond Minoru Chapel Opera Series.

CAST

ANGUS BELL, bass-baritone
BEVERLY MACARTHUR, mezzo-soprano
WADE NOTT, tenor
HEATHER PAWSEY, soprano
KATHRYN CERNAUSKAS, flute
RACHEL KIYO IWAASA, piano

PROGRAM

A TEA SYMPHONY, or, THE PERILS OF CLARA – Gabriel Charpentier

REVIEWS

Astrolabe Musik Theatre presents a ‘taste’ of opera

Richmond Review – April 28, 2011
Forget about the Chan Centre, Heather Pawsey has turned some of the most unusual places into concert halls. The aquarium, a mine shaft, a winery, a rail station and even a crematorium have turned into places of music thanks to the Vancouver soprano.
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